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

Greg Robson
Research Associate
206 Davis House

Greg Robson is a political philosopher and ethicist in Arizona’s philosophy PhD program. His latest paper “Punishment: A Costly Signal?” recently appeared in The Journal of Philosophy. He is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy and a graduate fellow at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. He studied economics, politics, and philosophy at Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Duke. His website can be found here.

Mona Ahmadiani
Research Associate
206 Davis House

Mona Ahmadiani received her PhD in economics from the University of Georgia, specializing in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Her current research centers on climate adaptation and community resilience in the face of natural disasters. The second pillar of her research focuses on the environmental domains of subjective measure of well-being and sheds light on unresolved puzzles in the economics of happiness. Her website can be found here.




Lisa Wilkinson
Operations Manager
103 Davis House










Marie Isaacs
Administrative Assistant
107 Davis House