Evan R. Ward is a Visiting Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and associate professor of History at Brigham Young University. He previously taught as an assistant and associate professor at the University of North Alabama from 2001 to 2008. While there, he also served as the Interim Director of the Center for International Programs, which had an annual local economic impact of approximately $20 million. His main research interests include economic history, Latin American history, natural resource policy, and tourism development.
Ward has traveled, worked, and researched in many places around the world, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, India, Japan, México, Nepal, Peru, Turkey, and Uruguay. He holds a strong interest in culture and languages and has studied Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish to one degree or another. He earned an undergraduate degree from BYU and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. Evan and the former Jennie Lee Shellabarger have been married since 1996 and are the parents of two children.