Howard Beales teaches in the School of Business at the George Washington University, where he has been since 1988. From 2001 through 2004, he was the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. As Director, he was instrumental in establishing the national Do Not Call Registry, obtained the largest redress orders in FTC history and attacked high volume frauds.
From 1977 to 1987, Dr. Beales served as a staff economist and in various positions in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the FTC. In 1987-88, he was a Branch Chief in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1978, after graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1972.