Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist and president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., where he is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise.
Before becoming president of AEI in 2009, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government 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.
As an economist, Dr. Brooks has spent decades studying culture and public policy. He is recognized internationally as an expert on topics such as technical economics, human happiness, world poverty and behavioral economics.
Dr. Brooks is a columnist for The Washington Post, host of the podcast "The Arthur Brooks Show," and bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness and the morality of free enterprise. His latest creative projects include the book Love Your Enemies and a feature-length documentary, "The Pursuit." He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook Social Entrepreneurship.
In 2013, Dr. Brooks traveled to Dharamshala, India, to meet with the Dalai Lama. That meeting led to the Dalai Lama joining Dr. Brooks at a 2014 AEI-hosted conference on happiness, free enterprise and human flourishing. The pair coauthored an op-ed in The New York Times entitled, "Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded," and a joint op-ed in The Washington Post entitled, "All of Us Can Break the Cycle of Hatred."
Dr. Brooks will join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in the summer of 2019.
Dr. Brooks holds a doctorate and a Master of Philosophy in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds a master's degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Thomas Edison State College.