Who We Are and What We Do

Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing

Objective Standard Institute’s mission is to teach the rising generation about the importance of philosophy, the principles of 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.

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 Programs

Craig is cofounder and director of education and programs at Objective Standard Institute, cofounder and editor in chief of The Objective Standard, and executive director of Prometheus Foundation. His books include Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Forbidden Facts: 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 Development

In addition to being director of 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.

Dylan Fritts

Dylan Fritts

Design and media specialist

Dylan is a design and media specialist at Objective Standard Institute. His work includes producing digital media and branding for OSI’s social platforms and outreach campaigns. While he’s not on the job, he enjoys sports writing, exercise, and grilling.

Jon Hersey

Jon Hersey

Fellow, Instructor

Jon Hersey (@revivingreason) 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 podcast “Philosophy for Flourishing. 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.

Jackson Upmann

Jackson Upmann

Marketing Specialist

Jackson is a marketing specialist at Objectivist Standard Institute. His responsibilities include running OSI’s social media, drafting marketing emails, and managing ads. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, weightlifting, and spending time in nature.

Angelica Walker-Werth

Angelica Walker-Werth

Fellow, Research Associate

Angelica is a fellow at Objective Standard Institute, an assistant editor and writer for The Objective Standard, and an Ayn Rand Fellow with Foundation for Economic Education’s Hazlitt Project. Her roles at OSI include course administration and development, writing and editing for Level Up, and event organization. She holds bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and Spanish from Clemson University and enjoys reading, playing the piano, ballet, and traveling. To see more of her work, visit www.walker-werth.com.

Thomas Walker-Werth

Thomas Walker-Werth

Fellow, Editor

Thomas is a fellow and editor at Objective Standard Institute, an assistant editor at The Objective Standard, and an Ayn Rand Fellow with Foundation for Economic Education’s Hazlitt Project. He holds a master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University and has done research for the Adam Smith Institute. His hobbies and interests include travel, aviation, photography, and science. To see more of his work, visit www.walker-werth.com.

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 Marist College. He is the author of Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters (2020), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010), Capitalist Solutions (2011), and the forthcoming Why Johnny Still Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math: And What We Can Do About It (2022).

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.