Arthur C. Brooks has been president of the American Enterprise Institute since Jan. 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.
Before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Before pursuing his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.
Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book is the New York Times bestseller The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America. Other books include The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise and The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future. He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook Social Entrepreneurship.
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 bachelor’s in economics from Thomas Edison State College.