Beth Wheaton

Senior Lecturer



Office: Umphrey Lee 301Q
Phone: 214-768-2836
Email: ewheaton[@]

Educational Background

Ph.D. Temple University, M.A. in Economics from Temple University, M.S. in International Business and Trade from Grambling State University


Although Dr. Elizabeth Wheaton holds titles ranging from economist to professor to CEO, she is most vocal about the fact that you don't need a title, unlimited time or abundant money to change the world. Her greatest commitment in life is working with students, community members, colleagues and friends to put their unique talents and varied interests into action to create cataclysmic social change. She researches the subjects of child labor and the economics of human trafficking, capital punishment, violence against women, seeking asylum, terrorism, child abuse, genocide, hate, and gun violence.

Dr. Beth Wheaton is the Founder and CEO of Equip the Saints, a non-profit consultancy that works to strengthen nonprofit organizations worldwide and to equip world changers to fulfill their personal missions. At SMU, she lived on SMU campus as one of the first members of SMU’s inaugural Faculty-in-Residence program from Fall 2014 to Spring 2018 and became a National Residence Hall Honorary in April 2018. She won the Student Senate Willis M. Tate “Professor of the Year” Award, in 2012 and has won the HOPE (Honoring our professors’ excellence) Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Child Labor and the Economics of Human Trafficking; Capital Punishment; Violence against Women; Seeking Asylum; Terrorism; Child Abuse; Genocide, Hate, and Gun Violence


Environmental Economics, Labor Economics, International Economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics