James R. Otteson Ph.D.

James R. Otteson

Visiting Fellow, Simon Center for American Studies

Dr. James Otteson is a highly regarded American philosopher and political economist from Wake Forest University.

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James R. Otteson is the Thomas W. Smith presidential chair in business ethics, professor of economics, and executive director of the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University.

In 2010-12, Otteson appeared several times on Fox Business' “Freedom Watch with Andrew Napolitano” and has appeared in several short videos for Learn Liberty. He was one of the principal bloggers at Pileus and he is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. In November 2013, Otteson gave the inaugural Liggio Lecture, an annual lecture series in honor of Leonard Liggio.

In 2014-’15, he was a bimonthly columnist for the Triad Business Journal. Otteson serves as an associate editor for The Independent Review and as a senior editor of Political Economy of the Carolinas. He is also a senior fellow at the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, a senior scholar at The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., a research professor in the Freedom Center and Department of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, a visitor of Ralston College, a research fellow for the Independent Institute in California, president and board member of the Classical Liberals of the Carolinas, vice president and member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and director at Ethics and Economics Education of New England.