Career in economics
Sophocleus has taught economics at Clemson University, Auburn University, and Auburn University Montgomery. He has been twice nominated to the Who's Who Among American Teachers. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Mises Institute and occasionally lectures there, usually on United States tariff history. Sophocleus generally teaches the principles of microeconomics.
In 2002, Sophocleus entered the Alabama gubernatorial race on the Libertarian Party of Alabama's ticket against incumbent Don Siegelman and previous opponent Bob Riley. In the 2002 race, which was one of the closest in Alabama's history, Sophocleus received 23,242 votes (~2%), a number which was greater than the margin of victory in the race.
On 8 June 2006, in the wake of Stephen P. Gordon's acceptance of a position with the national Libertarian Party and subsequent resignation from the LPA Executive Committee, Sophocleus was named Vice-Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Alabama.
Eminent domain conflict
Beginning in 1998, Sophocleus was involved in litigation with the State of Alabama, the Alabama Department of Transportation, and others over the eminent domain seizure of his US Highway 280 home, near The Bottle, Alabama. Sophocleus contended that the state acted improperly by evicting him and allowing highway workers to live in his house for several months (while he still held legal title to the home) rather than immediately demolishing it as was stated would happen in United States district court.
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- Reynolds, Glenn. Instapundit.com. 16 November 2002
- "LPA Officers." Libertarian Party of Alabama
- Writ of Certiorari granted by the US Supreme Court in case against AL Department of Transportation. 
- Mises.org media archive for John Sophocleus
- "Free Traders, Not Traitors -- Economic Issues And The War For Southern Independence"
- Article discussing 2002 gubernatorial campaign
- Article discussing eminent domain fight
|Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of Alabama