James 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 jamesotteson.com
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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. His website can be found here.
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?,” appeared recently in The Journal of Philosophy. His current research examines the epistemic limits that theorists and members of political societies face when trying to understand principles of justice. Greg shows how traditional and experimental social practices yield insights about justice and even partly determine its demands. He is also writing on the ethics of the firm, criminal law, the moral vices, and other topics. His website can be found here.
206 Davis House
Mona Ahmadiani earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Georgia. Her primary research focuses on topics in environmental and natural resource economics and economics of happiness, with emphasis on the environmental domain of subjective measure of well-being (SWB). She also performs research on different sub-components of SWB such as life evaluation and eudaimonia using quantitative research methods to demonstrate how the integration of different dimensions of SWB with various conventional economic measures serve to inform policy. The second line of her research centers on climate adaptation and community resilience in the face of natural disasters including the welfare change analysis of risk communication and protective measures. Her website can be found here.
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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.
206 Davis House
Fengyu Wu holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southern California. Her research centers on the economics of happiness, development economics, and political economy. She studies the determinants of subjective well-being in populations around the world, in particular the effects of both economic and social conditions, including among others: income, consumption, interpersonal comparisons, supportive relationships, and social capital. She also investigates the factors that influence individuals’ socioeconomic attitudes and political preferences, with special attention on identifying and explaining differences between men and women. Her website can be found here.