The Center for the Study of Capitalism

The Center for the Study of Capitalism exists to study capitalism’s dynamic role in shaping our collective future.

We are a research and teaching center, and our goal is to contribute to national conversations defining capitalism for our time.

We believe well-functioning free markets act as a force for positive change and progress and a path for individuals to secure a good future while honoring Wake Forest's motto, Pro Humanitate (for humanity).


The Center is in its second decade and began as the passion project for then BB&T Chairman and CEO, John Allison, who remains active with the Center today.

Over the years the CSC has explored the foundations, history, and evolution of capitalism and its counterparts, as well as their moral and ethical characteristics in pursuit of global human flourishing. The Center has been known for its academic conferences, guest speaker series and events, and its award-winning curricula.

Dr. Christina Elson was named Executive Director in January 2020. She brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the role as she guides the Center toward new initiatives.