Patrick Langdale Hough is Executive Director of Elm Institute. For over a decade he has worked at the intersection of venture philanthropy, research, and cultural entrepreneurship, directing and advising unique projects within and alongside leading research universities in the United States and United Kingdom. He serves on the governing and advisory boards of various foundations and grassroots organizations that share a fundamental desire to further deeper understandings of the human person and the common good. Flowing from these professional commitments, his intellectual interests over the years have been guided by the themes of friendship, beauty, stewardship, cultural practices and community, and transcendence. He studied classics and medieval studies at Princeton University and theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
A native of the Shoreline, Hough lives in Guilford with his wife and their four children. A gardener, apiarist, and fly fisherman, and he is establishing a small flock of Icelandic sheep. He and his family are members of various societies of natural, historical and agricultural preservation in the town of Guilford.
Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Dr. Wicks came to the United States as Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Graduate School before pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2010. After spending a year on a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton, Dr. Wicks taught in the Ethics Program at Villanova University as a Catherine of Siena Fellow. His main research interests are the contemporary applications of Aristotelian ethical and political thought and the intellectual foundations of utilitarianism. He is currently completing a book, The Ethics of Peter Singer: A Study of Utilitarianism in Theory and Practice, which examines the sources of the appeal of utilitarianism in contemporary culture through a critical examination of the work of the contemporary philosopher Peter Singer.