Eudaimonia Institute Staff

Dr. James OttesonJames R. Otteson
Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute
209 Davis House

Dr. Otteson came to Wake Forest in the Fall of 2013. He is a Professor of Economics, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, the Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute, and a Senior Fellow for  The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Otteson was joint professor of philosophy and economics, and philosophy department chair, at Yeshiva University. He has taught previously at New York University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama. He also serves as Research Professor in the Freedom Center and in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona, and he is a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. His website can be found at

To inquire on Dr. Otteson’s availability for a speaking engagement submit a request here.


Adam S. Hyde
Associate Director of the Eudaimonia Institute
204 Davis House

Adam S. Hyde is an economist with specialties in public policy, industrial organization, and labor markets—particularly applied to health and health care. He earned his AB in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and his PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hyde joined the Wake Forest University faculty in 2010 and is currently the Associate Director of the Eudaimonia Institute. He has served as a Research Professor for the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and an Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest University School of Business, where he won multiple awards for teaching economics to graduate and undergraduate business students.

Greg Robson
Research Associate
206 Davis House

Greg Robson is a political and moral philosopher in Arizona’s philosophy PhD program. He studied economics, politics, and philosophy at Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Duke, and his paper, “Punishment: A Costly Signal?,” recently appeared in The Journal of Philosophy. His current research examines what theorists and members of political societies can understand about justice, and how political traditions and trying diverse forms of political life can enhance that understanding. He is also writing on the moral vices, moral disagreement, and the ethics of the firm. His website can be found here.

Mona Ahmadiani
Research Associate
206 Davis House

Mona Ahmadiani received her PhD in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Georgia, specializing in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.  Her current research centers on the environmental domains of subjective measure of well-being (SWB). She also performs research on different aspects of SWB using quantitative research methods and demonstrate how different dimensions of SWB and their integration with various conventional measures of economic progress serve to inform policy. The second pillar of her research focuses on climate adaptation and community resilience in the face of natural disasters including welfare change analysis of risk communication and protective measures. Her website can be found here.

Siying Liu
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Economics Department

Siying Liu attended Wuhan University, China, double-majoring in Economics and Mathematics. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Her primary research focuses on health economics and industrial organization. In particular, she is interested in if and how competition can lead to lower prices, and higher quality in the healthcare market. Additionally, she studies how we can achieve better health outcomes through other channels such as reducing air pollution, promoting breastfeeding and preventing unnecessary opioid prescription. Her website can be found here.




Lisa Wilkinson
Operations Manager
103 Davis House










Marie Isaacs
Administrative Assistant
107 Davis House