Elm Staff


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Patrick Langdale Hough

Executive Director

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 entrepreneuriship, 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. He is a passionate gardener, apiarist, and fly fisherman, and is a member of various societies of natural, historical and agricultural preservation in the town of Guilford.

 
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Peter Wicks, PhD

Director, program in Ethics, Finance, and Economics

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.

 
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Miklos Szebeni

Director of administration and Finance

Raised between Washington, DC and Budapest, Hungary, Miklos graduated from Princeton University in 2016 where he studied Finance and History, with a focus on the American Founding and the Napoleonic Era. His senior thesis examined how the unprecedented rise of newspaper readership in the US during the early decades of the American Republic helped to unify the country and foster a common American identity throughout the highly diverse and geographically dispersed states. An Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman, Miklos likes to spend his free time hiking or backpacking around the capitals of Europe on a dime, which he has managed to do every summer since high school.

 
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Elena Gonzalez '15

research associate

Elena Gonzalez is an MAR student at Yale Divinity School, concentrating in Religion and Literature. Originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, she graduated from Yale College with a degree in Classics, going on to work in development and book editing before returning to graduate school. As an undergraduate, she worked as an editorial assistant for the university’s literary magazine, The Yale Review, participated in the Yale Political Union, and studied Latin, literary theory, and political philosophy. Elena's work at Elm centers on the development of a humanities internship program in collaboration with the Paideia Institute.

 
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Stuart Monk '18

research associate

Currently a junior at Yale, Stuart was born and raised in the small town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Originally a student of engineering, his studies now focus on the humanities. A former Yale Chaplain’s Office fellow and former captain of the Yale Club Archery team, he is heavily involved in many areas of undergraduate life including the Yale Political Union and greek life at Yale. Stuart’s work at Elm is primarily focused on the Program in Ethics, Finance, and Economics in addition to in house photography.