American Enterprise Institute Announces Establishment of State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture

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Washington, DC (February 18, 2014) – American Enterprise Institute (AEI) President Arthur C. Brooks announced today the creation of the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture. AEI Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies Kevin A. Hassett will be the first scholar to hold the chair.

The Wilson Chair is made possible by a $3 million gift from State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Named after late preeminent social scientist, longtime AEI trustee, and State Farm director James Q. Wilson, the chair will support research dedicated to AEI’s founding principles of freedom, opportunity, and enterprise. For the 2014 year, the chair’s focus will be continuing to build on Hassett’s research on the US economy, tax and fiscal policy, and the federal budget.

“My colleagues and I are humbled by State Farm’s incredible generosity and strong commitment to the ideals that Professor Wilson held dear,” said Brooks. “James Q. Wilson was not only among our country’s most influential social scientists, but he was also an esteemed colleague and friend. I can think of no one better suited to honor his exceptional legacy than Kevin Hassett.”

State Farm Chairman and CEO Ed Rust said, “We are pleased to honor Professor Wilson’s legacy and enduring desire for freedom and excellence. Through the establishment of this chair, we look forward to supporting thought leaders like Kevin Hassett and their outstanding work.”

Before joining AEI in 1997, Hassett was a senior economist on the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System, an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia Business School, and a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He served as an economic adviser for a number of presidential campaigns including George W. Bush (2004), Senator John McCain (2000 and 2008), and Mitt Romney (2012). He is the author of countless books, journal articles, and op-eds.

“It is a true privilege to hold the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair at AEI,” said Hassett. “Professor Wilson was a devoted mentor whose impact on policy and politics will forever endure. I am truly humbled to honor his legacy and dedication to freedom, opportunity, and enterprise—and empirical, fact-based research—through my work.”

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Kevin A.
Hassett
  • Kevin A. Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a resident scholar and AEI's director of economic policy studies.



    Before joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia (University) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

    Hassett has also been an economic adviser to presidential candidates since 2000, when he became the chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during that year's presidential primaries. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign, a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and an economic adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

    Hassett is the author or editor of many books, among them "Rethinking Competitiveness" (2012), "Toward Fundamental Tax Reform" (2005), "Bubbleology: The New Science of Stock Market Winners and Losers" (2002), and "Inequality and Tax Policy" (2001). He is also a columnist for National Review and has written for Bloomberg.

    Hassett frequently appears on Bloomberg radio and TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, NPR, and "PBS NewsHour," among others. He is also often quoted by, and his opinion pieces have been published in, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Hassett has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Phone: 202-862-7157
    Email: khassett@aei.org
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    Name: Emma Bennett
    Phone: 202-862-5862
    Email: emma.bennett@aei.org

 

Arthur C.
Brooks
  • Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

    Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

    Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008), and “Who Really Cares” (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

    Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.


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    Name: Danielle Duncan
    Phone: 202.419.5213
    Email: danielle.duncan@aei.org

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