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, and the Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute. 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

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Adam S. Hyde
Associate Director of the Eudaimonia Institute
211 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.

Mona Ahmadiani
Research Associate
206 Davis House

Mona Ahmadiani specializes in the economics of happiness, environmental economics, and applied econometrics. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Georgia. She performs research on topics in the economics of happiness with an emphasis on identifying economic, environmental, and cultural determinants of subjective well-being. She studies various sub-components of subjective well-being including measures of life evaluation and eudaimonic well-being in relation to theories of decision making in economics and behavioral science and uses quantitative research methods to demonstrate how the integration of these distinct measures with various conventional economic measures serves to inform policy. Using quasi-experimental methods, she also analyzes the heterogeneous impacts of exogenous shocks such as natural disasters and national policy changes on subjective assessments of well-being and mental health outcomes of affected communities. 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.

Fengyu Wu

Fengyu Wu
Research Associate
206 Davis House

Fengyu Wu is a Research Associate at the Eudaimonia Institute, Wake Forest University. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southern California and a BS in economics from the Singapore Management University. Her research centers on the economics of happiness, health economics, 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.


Dan Hammond Head ShotDan Hammond
Scholar in Residence
204 Davis House

Dan Hammond joined the Eudaimonia Institute as Scholar in Residence in July 2019. Dan is a Wake Forest alumnus. He did his Ph.D. work at the University of Virginia and joined the Wake Forest University Department of Economics faculty in 1978 where he was named Hultquist Family Professor in 1995. Dan’s scholarly work is in intellectual history, with a focus on the Chicago School of Milton Friedman, George J. Stigler and others. He also writes on how modern conceptions of scientific method limit our understanding of human nature and behavior. Dan served as President of the History of Economics Society in 2001-02. He has collaborated with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in developing their program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics . He also serves on the Advisory Board for Cluny Media. Dan’s website can be found here.


Lisa Wilkinson
Operations Manager
103 Davis House










Marie Isaacs
Administrative Assistant
107 Davis House