Austin Frerick is the Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University, a newly established antitrust initiative between their business and law schools. He is currently working on a book inspired by an article he originally published in The American Conservative entitled “To Revive Rural America, We Must Fix Our Broken Food System” (republished in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Civil Eats, and The Progressive Populist). This book calls for restoring the balance of power in America’s food system in favor of farmers, workers, and small businesses. Earlier this year he also created & organized the “Heartland Forum” in Storm Lake, Iowa, the first 2020 Iowa Caucus candidate event, which focused on economic concentration’s impacts on rural America. The event was attended by a number of presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. He’s a former economist at the United States Department of the Treasury and a researcher at the Congressional Research Service. He’s an Iowa native and graduate of Grinnell College and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.