Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He has served as president since January 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Dr. Brooks is a columnist for the Washington Post, host of the podcast “The Arthur Brooks Show,” and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “Love Your Enemies” (Broadside Books, 2019), and a feature-length documentary, “The Pursuit” will be released in Spring, 2019. He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).

Dr. Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee 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