Emily Chamlee-Wright is the president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies, which supports and partners with scholars working within the classical liberal tradition to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress.
She joined IHS in 2016 with an accomplished record as an academic leader, scholar and educator. From 2012 to 2016 she served as provost and dean at Washington College and was previously the Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics and associate dean at Beloit College. Chamlee-Wright earned her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. She is a former W. K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and received the excellence in teaching award from Beloit College and a Distinguished Alumna Award from George Mason University. She has six books to her credit, including "Liberal Learning and the Art of Self-Governance" and "The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery."
Areas of interest that Chamlee-Wright regularly writes and speaks on include classical liberal ideas pertaining to markets, culture, and higher education; championing a “third way” in the campus speech debate that attends to both free speech principles and the ethics of productive and civil discourse; advocating for a professor-driven approach to campus speech governance; and the meaning and purpose of a liberal education.