Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks

Formal First Name
1964 - present

Arthur C. Brooks is social scientist and bestselling author, the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Arthur is also a Creator and Columnist at The Atlantic, who specializes in using science and philosophy to provide people with actionable strategies to live their best lives. Previously, he served as President of the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Before joining AEI, he held the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Arthur is the bestselling author of 12 books on topics ranging from economic opportunity to human happiness. Before his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • As the 11th President of AEI, he also held the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise.

  • Under his leadership, the Institute more than doubled its annual revenues and deepened its outreach to leaders across the ideological spectrum.

  • He also expanded AEI's research portfolio to include work on poverty, happiness, and human potential.

  • He works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for Americans' access to free enterprise and earn success.