About Us

E3NE LogoThe mission of Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE) is to raise the ethical and economic literacy of people in the New England region. We believe strongly that leaders in the political and business worlds must be well-versed in both moral and economic theory in order to carry out their work effectively and justly.

E3NE is dedicated to educational programs of two kinds:

  1. Ethics & Economics Challenge: a program for New England high school students involving lectures, free books, and a speech competition in which students can win scholarship money for college. The program introduces students to foundational moral questions relating to business and economic policy, such as “What are rights?” and “How do we know what justice requires?” Students learn economic principles that help them answer applied questions such as “What moral obligations do businesses have?” and “Do ‘Buy American’ programs help Americans?” At the end of the semester, students are eligible to participate in a speech competition on social or public policy, in which they can win scholarship money for college.
  2. Big Idea Conferences: half- and full-day conferences for New England opinion leaders (legislators, administrators, journalists, and scholars) on major issues of concern in state and local policy. These conferences will bring together national experts from left, right, and center to discuss their research for the benefit of the public. Possible topics include occupational licensing, exclusionary zoning, educational reform, public pension accounting, state tax structure, and more.

Directors and Officers

Jason Sorens, PhDJason Sorens is president and co-founder of E3NE. He is a lecturer in the Government Department at Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2003. He has researched and written more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, a university press book, and a biennial book, Freedom in the 50 States. He received his department’s award for outstanding teaching, voted on by undergraduate students in the political science honor society, twice while at the University at Buffalo, and has 12 years of experience teaching at the university level. He lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
William Ruger, PhDWilliam Ruger is secretary and co-founder of E3NE. He is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at Texas State University. He received his Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He has written one of the leading biographies of Milton Friedman, several peer-reviewed journal articles, and the biennial Freedom in the 50 States book. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Matt PhilipsMatt Philips is chairman of the board of directors of E3NE. He received his BA in politics from Princeton University before joining DoubleClick in New York city. He then co-founded Right Media, purchased by Yahoo! in 2007. He now lives in New Hampshire, where he is an activist, investor, and advisor.
Ingrid GreggIngrid Gregg is a director of E3NE. She is president of Earhart Foundation, as well as a trustee of the Foundation for Economic Education, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and the Philanthropic Enterprise. She is the current President of the Philadelphia Society and serves on its board. Gregg holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Edinburgh.
Roger ReamRoger Ream is a director of E3NE. He is president of The Fund for American Studies and of the Foundation for Teaching Economics, as well as a director of Donor’s Capital Fund, the Foundation for Economic Education, the U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation, and the International Freedom Educational Foundation. He is past president of the Philadelphia Society and a member of the advisory boards of America’s Future Foundation, the Philanthropic Enterprise and Talent Market. Ream received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
James Otteson, PhDJames Otteson is a director of E3NE. He is Teaching Professor of Political Economy at Wake Forest University and executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. He also holds appointments as senior scholar at The Fund for American Studies, research professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona, and research fellow at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1997 and has published several university press books and numerous journal articles on moral philosophy, the ethics of Adam Smith, and political economy.
ianIan Underwood is Treasurer of E3NE. A former planetary scientist and artificial intelligence researcher for NASA, he is the director of the renowned Ask Dr. Math service, co-founder of the Bardo Project and Shaolin Rifleworks, and a popular speaker at liberty-related events. He lives in Croydon, New Hampshire.
Gardner GoldsmithP. Gardner Goldsmith is discussion leader for Ethics and Economics Challenge. He is a US/UK based radio host, teacher, television writer, and author whose work in the field of political economy has appeared in numerous publications including The Freeman, Investor’s Business Daily, New Hampshire Union Leader, SFX (UK), and Human Events. He is the author of the nonfiction book Live Free or Die (Freedom Book Club “Book of the Month” in 2007) and the novella Bite (Pendragon Press). Gardner’s short stories and poetry have appeared in Naked Magazine (UK) and numerous anthologies, and he has worked in the script departments of the network television series Star Trek: Voyager and Showtime’s The Outer Limits. He received his Bachelor’s with honors in communication and history from Boston University. His radio program is syndicated on Liberty Radio Network.

 Contact Information

Ethics and Economics Education of New England

10 Benning St, PMB 291

W Lebanon, NH 03784 USA

[email protected]

(603) 727-2491