2017-2018 Visiting Scholars

Rosolino A. Candela: Post Doctoral Research AssociateRosolino A. Candela: Post Doctoral Research Associate

Rosolino A. Candela


Rosolino Candela is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Political Theory Project and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, both at Brown University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, where he was a Graduate Research Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Prior to attending George Mason, he earned his B.A. summa cum laude in History from St. John’s University and an M.A. in Economics and International Political Economy from Fordham University, both in New York City. In 2015, he was a Visiting Ph.D. Student in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His research interests include Austrian economics, Public Choice, the history of economic thought, and political economy. He has published in journals including Advances in Austrian Economics, The Atlantic Economic Journal, Il Pensiero Economic Italiano, Journal of Institutional Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, The Review of Austrian Economics, Sociologia, and Studies in Emergent Order. He is currently working on a book project, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, on the intellectual history of price theory in the 20th century.


Brandon Davis: Post Doctoral Research AssociateBrandon Davis: Post Doctoral Research Associate

Brandon Davis


Brandon R. Davis earned his PhD in Political Science from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He also holds an MSW from Alabama A&M University and an MA in Gender and Race Studies from the University of Alabama. His research focuses on American Politics, Public Policy and American Political Development. Brandon is interested in political behavior, social control, and institutions.


Gianna Englert: Postdoctoral Research AssociateGianna Englert: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Gianna Englert


Gianna Englert earned an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 2016, with a focus in political theory. She is interested in questions of political inclusion and exclusion, citizenship, and political membership in the history of political thought. She also has research interests in ancient Greek political thought and Athenian democracy.  Her recent work focuses on the relationship between economic membership and political citizenship in the French liberal tradition and examines liberal responses to the problem of pauperism and “the social question” in the nineteenth century. Gianna’s published work is forthcoming in Polity.


Julian Müller: Postdoctoral Research AssociateJulian Müller: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Julian Müller


Julian F. Müller is working at the intersection between political philosophy and economics. In his recent “Polycentric Democracy – Making Use of Diversity” he argues that whether diverse perspectives are beneficial or detrimental to society is a function of the rules of the game. The core idea of the book is that only an institutional system capable of profiting from diversity might reasonably be expected to generate an overlapping consensus.

He studied philosophy, sinology and economics in Tuebingen, Beijing and Hamburg. After graduating in 2011, he became a research associate at the Peter Loescher Chair of Business Ethics at TU Munich. During the last years, he was a visiting fellow at the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing and a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona. In 2015 he received his PhD from TU Munich (summa cum laude). Between 2015 and 2016, he was an assistant prof. at the University of Hamburg.