The following experts are available for interviews on Ayn Rand, her novel
Atlas Shrugged, the motion pictures based on the novel, and the impact of
Rand’s books and ideas on American culture and politics. Contact Kurt Kramer
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-454-1997 x202.
Yaron Brook is president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a
columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in major
publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and
Investor’s Business Daily. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is
a frequent guest on a variety of national TV programs. He is co-author of
Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and a contributor to Winning
the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic
Totalitarianism. Dr. Brook, a former finance professor, is an
internationally sought after speaker on such topics as the causes of the
financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, and U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in
Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to
the United States, where he received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the
University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven
years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and
in 1998 he cofounded a financial advisory firm, BH Equity Research, of which he
is presently managing director and chairman.
Don Watkins is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is a columnist
at Forbes.com, and his op-eds have appeared in such venues as Investor’s
Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, FoxNews.com, CNBC.com and
Forbes magazine. He has appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs and
is a regular guest on PJTV’s Front Page with Allen Barton. His book, Free
Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, co-authored by
Yaron Brook, was released in September, 2012.
Debi Ghate is Vice President of Education and Research at the Ayn
Rand Institute where she also serves as a corporate officer. Mrs. Ghate has a
BSc in Psychology and Biology from the University of Toronto, and an LLB in Law
from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining ARI, she practiced law with a
focus on insurance defense litigation at a major Canadian insurance company and
in private practice. Her op-eds and letters to the editor were published in
newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle,
the Providence Journal, Education Update and The U.K. Daily
Express. Mrs. Ghate is also the senior director of the Anthem Foundation for
Objectivist Scholarship, a separate organization from ARI that supports
scholarly work based on Ayn Rand’s corpus.
Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He teaches at the
Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center, speaks on philosophy and Objectivism
across North America, and publishes scholarly articles on Ayn Rand’s fiction
and philosophy. His op-eds have appeared in the Houston Chronicle,
Foxnews.com, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Providence Journal, San Diego
Business Journal, Orange County Register and BusinessWeek.com. He has
given numerous radio interviews, including NPR, BBC Radio, and has appeared as
a television guest on CNBC, KCET, Fox News Channel and the CBS Evening News.
Dr. Ghate received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Calgary.
Elan Journo is a fellow in foreign policy at the Ayn Rand Institute, and the
director of ARI’s Policy division. His book, Winning the Unwinnable War,
looks at what went wrong with America’s response to 9/11—and what we should do
going forward. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, PBS and NPR affiliates, and
numerous nationally syndicated radio programs, including The Thom Hartmann
Program. He has been a guest commentator on Front Page with Allen Barton
on PJTV.com. His articles have appeared in, among many others, the Los
Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Mr.
Journo has spoken at numerous college campuses, including Stanford, Berkeley,
UCLA, New York University, and George Mason University.
Keith Lockitch has a PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin at
Milwaukee and is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, and
teaches at the Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center. His writings have
appeared in publications such as the Washington Times, Orange County
Register and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Thomas A. Bowden is outreach liaison for the Ayn Rand Center. His
op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science
Monitor, and Investor’s Business Daily. An attorney with extensive litigation and
appellate experience, Mr. Bowden taught at the University of Baltimore School
of Law for six years. He is the author of The Enemies of Christopher
Columbus, which challenges multiculturalist myths surrounding the discovery
and settlement of America, and a contributing author to The Abolition of
Antitrust. He holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Doug Altner is an analyst and instructor at the Ayn Rand Institute. Prior to
joining ARI, he was an assistant professor of mathematics at the United States
Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he was instrumental in creating a
major in operations research and published several scholarly articles on the
subject. He is currently pursuing writing projects on Ayn Rand’s views on
capitalism and economics.
Rituparna Basu is a writer and research associate at the Ayn Rand Institute.
She is editor of ARI’s donor newsletter, Impact, and conducts research and
editorial projects for the Institute’s Policy team.