Jeremy Beer

Jeremy Beer


Jeremy Beer has more than ten years' experience working as an executive, manager, and editor in the publishing and nonprofit fields. He is a former vice president at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, where he served as the executive in charge of the publications and information systems divisions, and served as editor in chief of the institute's award-winning press, ISI Books. Under his leadership, ISI Books grew from a start-up boutique press publishing six books per year to a substantial trade press publishing twenty-five books per year, including a New York Times best-seller.

Jeremy has published dozens of essays and articles on literary, social, and cultural issues in various academic and popular journals, including Perspectives on Political Science, First Things, Touchstone, the American Conservative, and the Utne Reader. He was the project director or editor in chief for four editions of a critically acclaimed essay-style college guide, Choosing the Right College, and the coeditor of American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. He has lectured on topics related to culture, modernity, and religion at Georgetown University, Calvin College, national meetings of the American Political Science Association, and elsewhere.

Jeremy holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is a member of the Mars Hill Audio and Front Porch Republic boards. He and his wife, Kara, live in central Phoenix, Arizona.


  • St. John Chrysostom and the theology of giving

    A friend of mine posted on Facebook recently the following quote from St. John Chrysostom (347-407). It seems to me to capture well the Christian view of poverty before Christian charity was challenged, and in some ways displaced, by a more socially moralistic philanthropy a century or two ago: When you see on earth the […]

  • Dennis: For nonprofits’ health, lower tax rates more important than charitable deduction

    General economic prosperity is a more important driver of nonprofits’ financial health than is the charitable deduction. That is the conclusion Kimberly Dennis, the president and CEO of the Searle Freedom Trust, reaches in today’s Wall Street Journal. The article’s accompanying graphic, which I’ve pasted below, shows a surprisingly direct and consistent relationship between the […]

  • The Council on Foundations refuses to engage

    Last month, William Schambra — director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal – delivered a powerful, provocative lecture at Front Porch Republic‘s annual conference at Hope College. Schambra showed how modern philanthropy’s rise was structured around abstract, universalist ideals that prioritized dealing with “root causes” of social ills over providing […]

  • On Zunz’s “Philanthropy in America”

    My review of Olivier Zunz’s Philanthropy in America: A History, is now up on The American Conservative‘s website. I think Zunz’s scholarly synthesis is impressive. All credit to him for that. But I think the story he tells is too simple, too one-sided. For example, it skips lightly over what was lost in the transition […]

  • Philanthrocapitalism in the dock

    Under the editorship of Jonathan Imber, the most recent issue of SOCIETY magazine features a symposium titled “The Politics of Philanthrocapitalism.” One of the most interesting contributions comes from David Bosworth, a cultural critic at the University of Washington. By focusing on the “royal status” of Bill Gates, his piece, “The Cultural Contradictions of Philanthrocapitalism,” […]

  • Philanthropy and the triviality of “small deeds”

    For a decade or more, the Hudson Institute’s William Schambra has been writing articles and giving lectures reminding his audience of an extraordinarily important point about the rise of professional philanthropy in the late 1800s/early 1900s. From the beginning, Schambra has emphasized, the major charitable foundations (Russell Sage, Rockefeller, etc.) and their progenitors consciously sought […]

  • On wealth camps for the scions of the rich

    Over at BlueKennel — a blog well worth bookmarking, by the way — Howard Ahmanson remarks on a recent WSJ article on “wealth camps” for the inheritor class, and he adds an interesting observation about the relationship between a classical Great Books education and philanthropy. Something like that would be a great thing for trustfunders, […]

  • More nefarious doings sponsored by Templeton

    There, that title should get the attention of the Citizen Anti-Religion Police (let’s just call them CARPers, eh?). Except that, if they are honest, they’ll be sorely disappointed by the open-mindedness and intellectual diversity on display in the Science of Virtues Project. The particular programs of that new Project, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation […]

  • Florida, philanthropic freedom, and freedom of association

    Florida’s recently passed AB 998, discussed by Naomi here, essentially blocks politically motivated interest groups from forcing foundations to engage in a preferred-minority head count — in terms of their board make-up, their staffs, and the organizations they choose to support. It is a reasonable law that protects private charitable foundations from unwarranted state intrusion […]

  • Arthur Brooks interview in “The City”

    The spring 2010 issue of The City, published by Houston Baptist University (where Robert Sloan, the former president of Baylor, now presides), includes an interview with AEI President Arthur Brooks. Brooks’s answers are much more interesting, candid,  and, perhaps “off-message” than one would expect from the president of a right-leaning DC think tank. First, Brooks […]

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