Founded by John Tomasi in 2003, the Political Theory Project is an independent research center at Brown University dedicated to promoting intellectual diversity at Brown. The mission of the Political Theory Project is to invigorate the study of institutions and ideas that make societies free, prosperous, and fair. The PTP is based on the belief that responsible criticism of public institutions must be conducted in light of economic realities and the findings of mainstream social science, ensuring that political discourse is grounded in historical and institutional reality rather than ideology or intellectual fashion. The PTP is organized around three main research themes: The American Experiment; Market Society and Social Order; and Globalization and Development. Each of these themes relates to the Project's core question: how, as a matter of both theory and practice, can a society of free, prosperous, and responsible citizens be realized and sustained?