Wesley Longhofer joined the Goizueta Business School in 2012 after receiving his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include organizational sociology, global and transnational sociology, institutional theory, nongovernmental organizations, and the environment. Some of his current research includes an NSF-funded project examining the organizational dynamics of global climate change (with Don Grant and Andrew Jorgenson), a comparative study of civil society organizations and educational outcomes (with Tricia Bromley and Evan Schofer), and a systematic review of the academic literature on nongovernmental organizations as part of the NGO Knowledge Collective (with Jen Brass, Rachel Robinson, and Allison Schnabel). Some of his published work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Science, and Scientific Reports. Wes also holds courtesy positions in sociology, ethics, and the Emory Global Health Institute, and he is a faculty advisor to Social Enterprise@Goizueta, an academic research center that aspires to make markets work for more people, in more places, in more ways.


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

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." ...