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Robert Doar ’83: President, American Enterprise Institute

<h5>Robert Doar ’83 leads the American Enterprise Institute.</h5>
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Robert Doar ’83 leads the American Enterprise Institute.
Robert Doar biography on American Enterprise Institute

A second-generation Princetonian and the son of former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights John Doar ’44, Robert Doar leads the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the nation’s most influential conservative think tanks. This year, AEI scholars have broken publicly with President Donald Trump.

In April, The Daily Princetonian asked Doar where “a traditional conservative fits into the modern landscape.” He responded, “this is a very, very tough question for all of us at AEI.”


As a scholar, Doar focuses on how federal policy can reduce poverty. Doar served in the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, where he was commissioner from 2003 to 2006. After his tenure in state government, Doar served as Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration under Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2007 to 2014.

In 2013, Doar joined AEI, where, as a scholar of poverty and social welfare programs, he would co-chair the National Commission on Hunger and join the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. Doar succeeded Arthur Brooks as AEI President in July 2019.

As an undergraduate, Doar played for the University’s JV basketball team and graduated with an A.B. in history.

Read our full interview with Robert Doar here.