William English

William (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. Then, he 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." Currently, he is finishing a book that explores common sources of institutional corruption and strategies for reform. Also, English 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. 

William is a lecturer at GISME's annual Workshop on Teaching Professional Business Ethics. 

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with Benjamin Barber, "The origin of wealth matters: Equity norms trump equality norms in the ultimatum game with earned endowments" Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 158 (February 2019), 33-43.


"Paying People to Make Healthy Choices," eLS (2017)

"Varieties of Citizenship and the Moral Foundations of Politics" in David Thunder, ed. The Ethics of Citizenship in the 21st Century (Springer International Publishing, 2017), 13-26.


"The 'Logic of Gift': Inspiring Behavior in Organizations Beyond the Limits of Duty and Exchange," Business Ethics Quarterly 26:2 (2016), 159-180. (with Tomás Baviera and Manuel Guillén)

"Two Cheers for Nudging," The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 14 (2016), 829.


"The Demographic Challenge to Entitlements: A Comment, Criticism, and Caveat" in Peter Augustine Lawler and Marc D. Guerra, eds. Science, Virtue, and the Future of Humanity (Lexington Books, 2015).


"Economic and Ideological Corruptions of the Regulatory State." Society 51:3 (2014), 262-267.


"Genopolitics and the Science of Genetics," American Political Science Review 107:2 (2013), 382-395. (with Evan Charney)

"Locke, Hegel, and the Economy." Society 50:5 (2013), 468-471.

"Corruption" in Compendium of Global Bioethics (Springer, 2013). (with Jennifer Miller)


"Candidate Genes and Political Behavior." American Political Science Review 106:1 (2012), 1-34.  (with Evan Charney)

"Demystifying Trust: Experimental Evidence from Thailand and Cambodia," Journal of Theoretical Politics 24:2 (2012), 172-209.