Columnist focusing on happiness, culture and public policy Education: Thomas Edison State University, BA in economics; Florida Atlantic University, MA in economics; Rand Graduate School, PhD in policy analysis
Arthur Brooks is a Washington Post columnist, professor of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, senior fellow at the Harvard Business School and author of the bestseller "Love Your Enemies."
Brooks began his career as a classical French hornist, leaving college at 19, touring and recording with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later, the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late twenties, while still performing, he returned to school, earning a BA through distance learning at Thomas Edison State College, and then an MA in economics from Florida Atlantic University. At 31, he left music and earned an MPhil and PhD in public policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School, during which time he worked as an analyst for the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force.
Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor, most of that at Syracuse University, where he occupied the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. During this decade, Brooks published 60 peer-reviewed articles and seven books, including the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008).
In 2009, Brooks became president of the American Enterprise Institute, a position he held for a decade. During that period he was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, hosted the Vox Media podcast “The Arthur Brooks Show” and published four books, including the national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies,” ”The Conservative Heart,” and "The Road to Freedom."
Foreign languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan Books by Arthur C. Brooks:
Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt