Jeremy Beer

As Much Bio as Is Necessary

I am a native of Milford, Indiana, the only place in America where my last name is not considered strange. Having slacked my way through Wawasee High School, I proceeded to slack my way, on the five-year plan, through Indiana University, from which institution I ultimately emerged with a degree in psychology. I then matriculated at the University of Texas at Austin, where I finally slacked off my slacky ways and obtained a doctorate in psychology, with a specialization in personality and individual differences.

From 2000 to 2008 I served as the top editor at ISI Books, where I was privileged to publish authors like Peter Augustine Lawler, David Schindler, Eugene Genovese, John Lukacs, Chantal Delsol, Pierre Manent, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I was particularly honored to act as Solzhenitsyn’s English-language agent for more than a decade and to help get more of his work published in English.

In 2009, I cofounded American Philanthropic (now known as AmPhil) with Jeff Cain. Much to my surprise, AmPhil has grown to be one of America’s largest and most respected providers of professional services to nonprofit and other mission-driven organizations.

Links to my books and major articles can be found on this website. In 2024, two new books will be published. The first, from Post Hill, is for nonprofit leaders and is titled The Quest for Belonging: What the Most Effective Nonprofit Leaders Understand about the Psychology of Fundraising. The second, from Oklahoma University Press, is a biography of a Franciscan missionary and martyr titled Beyond the Devil’s Road: Francisco Garces and the Spanish Encounter with the American Southwest. The weird mix of publications continues!

I serve on the boards of the American Ideas Institute and T.W. Lewis Foundation, and on the advisory board of the Institute for Philosophy, Technology, and Politics at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University. My wife, Kara, and I live in Phoenix, Arizona, with two ungrateful cats. We are parishioners of St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix.