BS, Biology, 2010, Pennsylvania State University
Ms. Basu is a writer and research associate at the Ayn Rand Institute, focusing
on health care policy issues. Her writings have been published at such venues
as TownHall.com and The Daily Caller. She appears frequently on radio and
PhD, Philosophy, 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Bayer teaches philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans. His research
focuses primarily on questions about the foundations of knowledge and the
freedom of the will.
PhD, Philosophy, 1986, City University of New York
Dr. Bernstein is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto(2005),
Objectivism in One Lesson(2008), Capitalism Unbound(2010), Capitalist
Solutions(2011) and of numerous essays. Dr. Bernstein lectures widely on Ayn
Rand’s novels and Objectivism.
DMA, Composition, 2002, University of South Carolina
Dr. Berry is a professor of music at the Petrie School of Music, Converse
College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is nationally known as a published
and recorded composer and artist, in both the classical and popular music
fields. He has also been music director and conductor for operettas and
PhD, Philosophy, 1973, Columbia University
Dr. Binswanger is the author of The Biological Basis of Teleological
Concepts, the editor of The Ayn Rand Lexicon and co-editor of the second
edition of Ayn Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. Dr.
Binswanger is an instructor of philosophy at the Ayn Rand Institute’s
Objectivist Academic Center and is a member of ARI’s board of directors. He is
currently completing “How We Know,” a book on the theory of knowledge.
Mr. Boeckmann has written and lectured extensively on Ayn Rand’s fiction and
philosophy of esthetics. He edited for publication Rand’s The Art of
Fiction. His own fiction has been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery
Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He is currently writing
a book on Romantic literature.
PhD, Finance, 1994, University of Texas
Dr. Brook is the executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is co-author
of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can
End Big Government. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, a frequent guest on
national radio and television programs, and a contributing author to both
Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and Winning the Unwinnable War:
America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. A former finance
professor, Dr. Brook speaks internationally on such topics as the causes of the
financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, ending the growth of the state
and US foreign policy.
LLB, Law, University of Calgary, 1995
Ms. Ghate is vice president of Education and Research at the Ayn Rand
Institute, where she heads up a variety of educational and policy-related
programs. She is also director of the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist
Scholarship, an organization that supports academic scholarship based on Ayn
PhD, Philosophy, 1996, University of Calgary
Dr. Ghate is a senior fellow and vice president at the Ayn Rand Institute. He
specializes in Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and is the Institute’s senior
instructor and editor. He has published and lectured extensively on many
aspects of Rand’s philosophy and fiction, including the application of the
philosophy to cultural and political issues.
MA, Clinical Psychology, 2012, University of Virginia
Ms. Gorlin is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at the University
of Virginia. She has two years of experience conducting individual
psychotherapy with anxious and depressed young adults. She is a graduate of the
Objectivist Academic Center and a board member of The Undercurrent, a
national campus publication.
Communications and Philosophy, 1999, Northwestern University
Mr. Hoenig manages Capitalistpig Hedge Fund, LLC. A former floor trader, his
first book, Greed Is Good, was published by HarperCollins. Mr. Hoenig has
written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Wired and
Smartmoney.com. He was named one of Crain’s Forty Under Forty and
appears regularly on Fox News Channel.
Martin F. Johansen
MS, Computer Science, 2009, University of Oslo
Mr. Johansen is a PhD research fellow at SINTEF, the largest independent
research institute in Scandinavia. He is currently completing his PhD studies
at the University of Oslo as part of an international research project on
PhD, Psychology, 1992, University of Rhode Island
Dr. Kenner is a clinical psychologist and host of the nationally syndicated
radio talk show The Rational Basis of Happiness. She and Dr. Edwin A. Locke
co-authored The Selfish Path to Romance, a book that offers a
mindful alternative to the contemporary view of love by drawing inspiration
from the ideas of Ayn Rand.
Postgraduate Diploma of Philosophy, 1994, University of Melbourne, Australia
Mr. Lewis has studied philosophy at the Objectivist Academic Center, the
University of Melbourne and the University of Southern California. He worked
with Leonard Peikoff on his radio show, has lectured at Objectivist
conferences, and is assistant director at VanDamme Academy, where he teaches a
three-year history curriculum covering ancient, European and American history.
Edwin A. Locke
PhD, Industrial Organizational Psychology, 1964, Cornell University
Dr. Locke is Dean’s Professor of Motivation and Leadership Emeritus at
University of Maryland. He is internationally known for his research and
writings on work motivation and philosophy of science and has received numerous
scholarly awards. He has given talks and courses at many Objectivist
PhD, Physics, 1999, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Dr. Lockitch is an instructor and fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, where he
manages the Objectivist Academic Center. In addition to speaking and writing on
behalf of ARI and teaching classes on writing for the OAC, Dr. Lockitch has
developed courses on Rand’s ideas and novels for a variety of audiences.
PhD, Philosophy, 1991, Georgetown University
Dr. Mayhew teaches philosophy at Seton Hall University. He is the author or
editor of twelve books, the most recent being Prodicus the Sophist,
Aristotle: Problems and an expanded edition of Essays on Ayn Rand’s “We
the Living.” He is currently working on a book on Theophrastus’s On
PhD, Comparative Literature, 1978, Stanford University
Dr. Milgram, associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, specializes in
narrative fiction and film. She has lectured on Ayn Rand at Objectivist and
academic conferences, and has published on Ayn Rand, Hugo and Dostoevsky. She
is editing the draft of her book-length study of Ayn Rand’s life (to 1957).
Certificate, 1996, Objectivist Graduate Center, Ayn Rand Institute;
MS, Psychology, 1994, Carnegie Mellon University;
MS, Electrical Engineering, 1986, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ms. Moroney is president of Thinking Directions, a business she started in 1998
to develop and teach methods in applied psycho-epistemology. She has given her
flagship course, Thinking Tactics, to corporate and public audiences across
JD, 2001, University of Chicago; MA, Philosophy, 1998, Columbia University
Mr. Mossoff is professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, where
he teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property law, property law,
legal history and legal philosophy. He speaks widely on behalf of patent and
other intellectual property rights in public policy debates, and has spoken at
Objectivist conferences since the 1990s.
MFA, 1984, New York University
Mr. Paxton directed the world premiere of Ayn Rand’s Ideal (1989) and
adapted and directed a dramatic presentation of Anthem (1991). His
documentary, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, won an Academy Award nomination and
a Golden Satellite Award for Best Feature Documentary. He teaches production
design and film history at the Art Institute in Hollywood.
PhD, Philosophy, 2008, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Salmieri is presently a visiting scholar at Boston University, having
taught for four years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has
published articles on Aristotle’s epistemology and ethics and on Rand’s
philosophy and novels.
BA, Liberal Arts, 2006, St. John’s College
Mr. Schwartz is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at UC San Diego, where he is
working on a dissertation titled “Baconian Foundationalism and the Problem of
Certainty.” He specializes in early modern philosophy and the history of the
philosophy of science.
PhD, Musicology, 1991, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Siek, professor emeritus at Wittenberg University, has recently published
England’s Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay. For many
years he has lectured and written about the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright,
including a scholarly study of Wright’s 1909 home for Burton Westcott in
Brian P. Simpson
PhD, Economics, 2000, George Mason University
Dr. Simpson is a professor at National University in San Diego. He is author of
the book Markets Don’t Fail! and he has a number of papers published in
academic journals. He is currently working on another book titled “Money,
Banking, and the Business Cycle,” which he hopes to publish soon.
PhD, Philosophy, 1989, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Smith is professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, where she
holds the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and the Anthem Foundation
Fellowship. A specialist in moral, legal and political philosophy, she has
published books on values, virtues and individual rights, and is now writing a
book on objectivity in judicial review.
BA, Practical Philosophy, 2008, Lund University
Mr. Svanberg is a Swedish writer. In 2012 he completed the Objectivist
Academic Center’s Core Course, winning the Bloomfield Scholarship prize for
being the top student in his class. His articles and letters to editors have
been published in The Undercurrent blog, Capitalism Magazine and
several major Swedish newspapers.