McDonough School of Business

William English

Bill English is a political economist with scholarly interests in ethics, education, and public policy. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2010 writing on the nature of ethical persuasion and its role in institutional change. Following Duke, Bill taught at Brown University as a post-doctoral research associate with the Political Theory Project working on the philosophy of social science and the biological foundations of human behavior. He then spent five years at Harvard University, first as a research fellow and then as the research director of the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics where he pursued empirical and normative investigations of “institutional corruption.” He is currently finishing a book that explores common sources of institutional corruption and strategies for reform. Bill also served as a research associate with the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, where his research examined new educational technologies, the value of humanistic learning, and questions about civic education and the public role of universities. His work has appeared in a range of scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Business Ethics Quarterly. Bill joined the McDonough School of Business as an assistant professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy in the fall of 2016.