Arthur C. Brooks serves as a professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and a senior fellow at Harvard Business School. He was president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) from January 1, 2009, to June 30, 2019.

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. Before 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 textbook Social Entrepreneurship was published by Prentice Hall in 2008. Dr. Brooks’ latest book, Love Your Enemies (Broadside Books), and a feature-length documentary, The Pursuit, were both released in spring 2019. He has also been published in dozens of academic journals

Dr. Brooks has a PhD and an MPhil in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an MA in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a BA in economics from Thomas Edison State College.