Hester Peirce is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Before joining Mercatus, she served on the staff of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Prior to that, she served at the Securities and Exchange Commission as a staff attorney and as counsel to Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. Peirce earned her BA in economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School. She is the editor of, and a contributor to, the book Dodd-Frank: What It Does and Why It’s Flawed, published by Mercatus in 2012.