Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

Brooks is the author of 11 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book is the New York Times best-seller “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015). His other books include the New York Times best-seller “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (Basic Books, 2012), “The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future” (Basic Books, 2010), “Gross National Happiness” (Basic Books, 2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008), and “Who Really Cares” (Basic Books, 2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

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Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy, 2007–08; Professor of Public Administration, 2006–08; Associate Professor of Public Administration, 2001–05, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Consultant, RAND Corporation, 1998–2008
Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Economics, Georgia State University, 1998–2001
Doctoral Fellow, RAND Corporation, 1996–98
Professor of French Horn, Harid Conservatory of Music, Lynn University, 1992–95
French Hornist, City Orchestra of Barcelona, 1989–92
French Hornist, Annapolis Brass Quintet, 1983–89


  • Ph.D., M.Phil., policy analysis, RAND Graduate School
  • M.A., economics, Florida Atlantic University
  • B.A., economics, Thomas Edison State College