Biography

Wesley Longhofer joined the Goizueta Business School in 2012 after receiving his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Academic Director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, an academic research center that aspires to make markets work for more people, in more places, and in more ways. Some of his published work on charitable organizations, environmental protection, and international law has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Social Forces, Sociological Science, and Scientific Reports. His research on climate change and the energy sector has been funded by the National Science Foundation and featured in the Washington Post and Nature Climate Change. More recently, Wes has been examining the nonprofits and social enterprises that high school students start as they prepare for college. Wes has received a number of awards for his teaching, including the 2018 Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2016 Marc F. Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Most recently, he was named one of the 40 Best Business Professors Under 40 by Poets & Quants. He currently lives with his family on campus as the Faculty in Residence in the Woodruff Residential Center at Emory.

Education

  • Ph.D.
    University of Minnesota
    2011
  • B.A.
    Texas Christian University
    2003

Media Appearances

  • December 7, 2015
    Emory News Center
    CoLA courses are aimed at integrating the liberal arts experience across the humanities and sciences. The Paris course was developed and taught by three faculty: Wesley Longhofer, an expert in organization and management at Goizueta Business School; Eri Saikawa, an expert in climate science in the department of environmental sciences and Rollins School of Public Health; and Sheila Tefft, senior lecturer in the Emory Writing Program. Longhofer and Saikawa accompanied the students to Paris...
  • November 26, 2015
    The Emory Wheel
    Four Emory students will directly observe the climate change discussions and negotiations. Other students will attend film screenings, conferences, discussions and exhibits to learn about issues related to climate change, according to Wesley Longhofer, assistant professor of Organization & Management at the Goizueta Business School. At the end of each day, the students will reconvene to share their experiences and produce materials that they will then post on a website...
  • May 27, 2014
    Emory News Center
    Roberts and Goizueta students returned to Nicaragua in May with Wesley Longhofer, assistant professor of organization and management. Longhofer led a class of 17 undergraduates on a 10-day trip to Nicaragua to discuss development challenges with local nonprofit and for-profit organizations and to participate in service projects...
  • November 10, 2013
    Emory News Center
    Emory professor Wesley Longhofer remembers studying concepts of detachment and discernment in his college Buddhism class — lessons he still finds valuable even now as an assistant professor of organization and management at Goizueta Business School (GBS), helping students explore ethics and business. "I was a religion minor," Longhofer explained. "Detachment is the idea that we shouldn't allow negative emotions to take over, we should remain peaceful and compassionate. Discernment is a part of compassion — understanding how your actions and behavior affect humanity through critical thinking." ...