Press & Speaking
C. Brooks is Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse
University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Whitman
School of Management. On January 1, 2009, he will be leaving Syracuse
University to become President of the American Enterprise Institute.
earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School in 1998,
and also holds an MA and BA in economics. He has published approximately
100 articles and books on the connections between culture, politics, and
economic life in America.
He speaks frequently in the U.S.,
Europe, and Asia, is a contributing editor to
Reader's Digest, and a frequent contributor to
the Wall Street Journal and other publications. His new book, on
happiness in America, is Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can
Get More of It (Basic Books). In 2006 he published Who
Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate
Conservatism (Basic Books), on American charitable giving, which the Wall Street
Journal called a "lucidly written, carefully distilled and persuasively cogent work, a tidy
time-bomb of a book," and on which Brooks briefed President George W. Bush and the
First Lady in February 2007. In 2008 he also published the
textbook Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall). Currently, he is working on a
book called The Virtue of Vice: Why Bad Things Are Good for
Us, set for release at
the end of 2009.
his work in academia, Mr. Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French
hornist, holding positions with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other
ensembles. He is a native of Seattle, Washington, and currently lives in
Syracuse, New York, with his wife Ester and their three children.