Samuel Gregg, D.Phil.

Director of Research
Acton Institute

Samuel Gregg, D.Phil., is the research director at the Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an M.A. from the University of Melbourne and a doctor of philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford.

Gregg oversees Acton’s research program and team of scholars and is responsible for oversight of research international programing, including budgeting, management, personnel, publishing, and program development and implementation.

He is the author of 13 books, including Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded (2001), On Ordered Liberty (2003), his prize-winning The Commercial Society (2007), Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy (2010), Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future (2013), For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good (2016), and Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization (2019). He has also co-edited books such as Profit, Prudence and Virtue: Essays in Ethics, Business and Management (2009) and Natural Law, Economics and the Common Good (2012). Two of his books have been short-listed for Conservative Book of the Year. Many of his books and articles have been translated into a variety of languages.

He publishes in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyJournal of Markets & MoralityEconomic AffairsLaw and Investment ManagementJournal des Economistes et des Etudes HumainesNotre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public PolicyAve Maria Law ReviewOxford AnalyticaCommunioJournal of Scottish PhilosophyUniversity BookmanForeign Affairs; and Policy. He is a regular writer of opinion pieces that appear in publications such as the Wall Street Journal EuropeFirst ThingsInvestors Business DailyLaw & Liberty; the Washington Times; Revue Conflits; American BankerNational ReviewPublic DiscourseAmerican SpectatorEl Mercurio; Australian Financial ReviewJerusalem Post; La Nacion: and Business Review Weekly. He has served as an editorial consultant for the Italian journal La Societa and American correspondent for the German newspaper Die Tagespost.

He has also been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, The Weekly StandardTime, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and the Holy See’s L’Osservatore Romano.

In 2001 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2004 a member of the Mont Pèlerin Society. In 2008 he was elected a member of the Philadelphia Society and the Royal Economic Society. In 2017 he was made a fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He served as president of the Philadelphia Society from 2019 to 2020.

He is the general editor of Lexington Books’ Studies in Ethics and Economics Series. He also sits on the academic advisory boards of Campion College, Sydney; the La Fundación Burke, Madrid; the Instituto Fe y Libertad; and the Institute of Economic Affairs, London; as well as the editorial boards of the Journal of Markets & Morality and Revista Valores en la sociedad industrial.

Samuel Gregg, D.Phil.

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