2016-17 Visiting Scholars

Joshua PreissJoshua Preiss, Visiting ProfessorJoshua Preiss, Visiting Professor


Joshua Preiss is Visiting Associate Professor of Political Theory at the Political Theory Project at Brown University. Preiss joins the Project during his sabbatical year at Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Preiss received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2006.

Preiss writes and teaches on a wide range of issues in moral and political theory and the philosophy of economics, including conceptions of freedom, ethics and economics, justice and personal responsibility, global supply chain ethics, liberalism, and neo-republican political philosophy. His current research focuses on the ethics of economic institutions and the link between normative theorizing and political, economic, and historical context. This research includes a book manuscript on the ethics and politics of American inequality. Preiss has presented at such institutions as the University of Chicago, Oxford University, the University of Minnesota, Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Edinburgh, the University of Lisbon, the London School of Economics, Queens University Belfast, Utrecht University (Netherlands), Jesuit University in Krakow (Poland), Fatih University (Turkey), and the Winter Institute for Economics and Public Affairs. His work appears in such journals as Philosophy & Social Criticism, Public Affairs Quarterly, Ethics, Basic Income Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, Social Theory and Practice, Res Publica, the European Journal of Philosophy, and the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 


 Brandon Davis, Visiting Research FellowBrandon Davis, Visiting Research Fellow
Brandon Davis


 Brandon R. Davis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. He has a BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an MSW from Alabama A&M University, and an MA in Gender and Race Studies from the University of Alabama.  His concentrations are American Politics, Public Policy and Political Theory.  Brandon’s research focuses on identity politics, political violence, and institutions of social control.



Gianna Englert, Postdoctoral Research AssociateGianna Englert, Postdoctoral Research AssociateGianna 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.  



Anton Howes, Postdoctoral Research AssociateAnton Howes, Postdoctoral Research AssociateAnton Howes


Anton Howes researches the causes of innovation. He is currently working on a book on why innovation accelerated in the eighteenth century in Britain, leading to the Industrial Revolution. His work emphasises the importance of ideas, charting the spread of an ideology of innovation from person to person. He argues that people became innovators because they adopted a mentality of improvement - and that Britain experienced an acceleration of innovation because its innovators were committed to proselytising that mentality. To determine why Britain's acceleration was unique, Anton is also researching innovators of the Dutch and Islamic Golden Ages - innovative societies where innovation failed to accelerate. He is also investigating whether the spread of the ideology of innovation from Britain in the nineteenth century may explain the current prosperity of the United States. Anton received his PhD in Political Economy in 2016 from King's College London.



Shany Mor, Postdoctoral Research AssociateShany Mor, Postdoctoral Research AssociateShany Mor


Shany Mor received a DPhil from Oxford University for his thesis "Law's Author, Things Personated, Political Representation."  His previous degrees were from Columbia and Berkeley.  His research interests include law, democracy, and decision-making.  He will be teaching a fall seminar on democratic theory. 


Julian Müller, Postdoctoral Research AssociateJulian Müller, Postdoctoral Research AssociateJulian 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.