James Otteson

Executive Director

Professor of Economics
Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics
Wake Forest University

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Dr. Otteson joined Wake Forest in the Fall of 2013 as Executive Director of The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy. In 2015, Dr. Otteson was named the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics and in 2016 he was named a Professor of Economics. 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 currently as a 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.

Dr. Otteson’s scholarship focuses on political economy, political philosophy, history and philosophy of economics, and eighteenth-century moral and political thought. He is an expert on Adam Smith, on the moral foundations of capitalism, and on the comparative evaluation of competing systems of political economy.