Who We Are and What We Do

Philosophy for Life, Liberty, and Happiness

Objective Standard Institute’s mission is to teach the rising generation about the importance of philosophy, the principles of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, and related ideas for living fully and advancing liberty.

Toward this end, we deliver courses, podcasts, and conferences focused on good thinking for good living. These are geared primarily to students and young adults, but we invite people of all ages to participate. We’ve found that mixed-age interactions foster deeper understanding for everyone involved.

Our Team

Sarah Biddle

Sarah Biddle

President

Sarah is cofounder and president of Objective Standard Institute and general manager of The Objective Standard. In an earlier career, she taught literature, language arts, history, and math at VanDamme Academy and LePort Schools in Southern California. She holds a BA in history from Mary Baldwin College. In addition to her work at OSI and TOS, Sarah homeschools her daughter, reads voraciously, gardens with a (mostly) green thumb, and loves ballroom, salsa, and country western dancing.

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

Director of Education and Development

Craig is cofounder and director of education and development at Objective Standard Institute, cofounder and editor in chief of The Objective Standard, and executive director of Prometheus Foundation. He is the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book-in-progress is on thinking in principles. Learn more and join his mailing list at CraigBiddle.com.

Robert Begley

Robert Begley

Director of Operations and Development

In addition to managing operations and development at OSI, Robert works as a speaking coach, helping TedX speakers and businessmen deliver more memorable messages. He constantly seeks to integrate the principles of Objectivism with those of effective self-development systems to create a personalized “supersystem” for success in work and life. And he teaches courses on these integrations for OSI, called “Your Supersystem for Flourishing.” He is also host of The Hero Show. When he is not working, he enjoys swimming, playing basketball, practicing Bikram yoga, and dancing ballet.
Aaron Briley

Aaron Briley

Fellow, Research Associate

Aaron is a fellow and research associate at Objective Standard Institute. He focuses on advocating and fostering individualism, independent thinking, and rational self-interest among inner-city minority youths. Aaron holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. In his spare time, he likes to travel, cycle, and follow Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Jon Hersey

Jon Hersey

Fellow, Instructor

Jon Hersey (@jon__hersey) is managing editor of The Objective Standard and holds fellowships at Foundation for Economic Education, where he writes in defense of freedom, and at Objective Standard Institute, where he teaches “How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty.” He hosts the podcasts “Philosophy for Flourishing” and “The Hero Show.” He’s on a mission to identify and apply the principles of human flourishing. Get his ebook on writing in defense of liberty here, and join his mailing list at JonHersey.com.
Elliott Hill

Elliott Hill

Director of Technology

Elliott is director of technology and digital media at Objective Standard Institute. He graduated with a bachelor of science in Computer Science for Games from Sheffield Hallam University. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, reading nonfiction, watching anime, and working on personal tech projects.

Angelica Walker-Werth

Angelica Walker-Werth

Fellow, Research Associate

Angelica is a fellow at Objective Standard Institute and an assistant editor and writer for The Objective Standard. Her roles at OSI include course administration and promotion, writing and editing for Level Up, and data analysis. She holds bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and Spanish from Clemson University and enjoys reading, playing the piano, ballet, and traveling.

Thomas Walker-Werth

Thomas Walker-Werth

Fellow, Editor

Thomas is a fellow and editor at Objective Standard Institute and an assistant editor at The Objective Standard. He works as an urban planning consultant, holds a master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University, and has done research for the Adam Smith Institute.

Guest Instructors

Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein

Guest Instructor

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and taught philosophy for many years at SUNY Purchase. He is the author of (most recently) Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters (2020), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010) and Capitalist Solutions (2011).

Tim Chermak

Tim Chermak

Guest Instructor

Tim is an entrepreneur, marketing consultant, author, and speaker. He’s CEO of Platform, a digital marketing agency and software company, and a cofounder of Main Street Marketing, a training program for small business owners. His most recent book is High Hanging Fruit: A Proven Marketing Strategy for Ambitious Real Estate Agents.

Eric Daniels

Eric Daniels

Guest Instructor

Eric Daniels holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught history, political science, and economics at Duke University, Georgetown University, and is currently the Assistant Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University. In addition to his contributions to The Objective Standard, he has published on the history of monopolies, American individualism, and economic freedom.

Hannah Frankman

Hannah Frankman

Guest Instructor

Hannah Frankman is a career coach, writer, and speaker who cut her teeth in the startup world. She’s spent the past four years at Praxis, a college alternative that helps people start careers without degrees, where she began as an intern, advanced to program manager, and now works as the job support advisor.

Raymond Niles

Raymond Niles

Guest Instructor

Ray holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University and an MBA in finance and economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He has taught economics at the university level, and he worked for fifteen years on Wall Street, both as a senior equity research analyst and as managing partner of a hedge fund. He is a senior fellow and columnist for the American Institute for Economic Research and a contributor to The Objective Standard.

Level Up Contributors

Maggie Bird

Maggie Bird

Contributor

Maggie Bird is a full-time student and mom who is passionate about the ideas on which human flourishing and progress depend. She began writing regularly after taking OSI’s course, “How to write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty.” She writes for The Objective Standard as well.