Our Team

Jennifer K. Thompson is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Liberty. She began her career teaching philosophy, and later joined Liberty Fund, Inc., a private operating foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At Liberty Fund, Dr. Thompson served as fellow and, later, as founding director and vice president of Co-Sponsored Programs. In 2011, she became senior director of programs at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

She holds a PhD and MA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and undergraduate degrees in philosophy (BA) and economics (BS) from the University of Tulsa. She is a graduate of the Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy and Sewanee’s Education for Ministry program.

Jaffe Abeshaus is the Center’s director of operations, responsible for managing the Center’s day-to-day business as well as our database infrastructure. Prior to joining the Center, Jaffe worked at the Bill of Rights Institute as their database manager and the Institute for Humane Studies as a manager for program and data evaluation. 

Jaffe holds an MPA in nonprofit management from George Mason University and a BA in political science from Lewis & Clark College. She is a graduate of the Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy.

In her free time, Jaffe enjoys reading, baking, and hiking with her dog, Harper.

Beth Erber is the director of outreach at the Center for the Study of Liberty, developing relationships with partners and creating content and programs designed to engage people with an appetite for knowledge and a spirit of open inquiry. 


She previously worked as the director of On-Campus Education at the Institute for Humane Studies. Through her time at IHS, she created and managed programs that reached thousands of undergraduates with interdisciplinary classical liberal education. Additionally, she partnered with academics at colleges and universities across the country to bring extracurricular educational opportunities to their students.


She graduated with a BA in political science from Hillsdale College. Currently, she lives in Atlanta, GA and works remotely for the Center.

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