PPE Research Seminar

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Research Seminar

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Research Seminar at Brown University is a new workshop designed to appeal to researchers across disciplines. The PPE Seminar is sponsored by the Political Theory Project, whose mission is to foster the study of those institutions which contribute to societies that are free, prosperous, and fair. 

The focus of the PPE Seminar is to advance research on topics associated with our programs, including informal order and state building; economic, legal and political development; crime and incarceration; and intellectual history. We aim to be a place in the Brown community where scholars can engage with leading research that overlaps in disciplinary appeal and importance. 

The PPE Seminar meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m in the Political Theory Project conference room at 8 Fones Alley. Invited speakers present research that is "work-in-progress" and not yet published. The paper is circulated a week in advance so that participants can read it ahead of time and come prepared to give feedback. There is a 45-minute presentation where the speaker gives an overview of the work, identifies fruitful areas for discussion, and then the floor is opened for discussion. 

- Emily Skarbek, Assistant Professor, Political Theory Project; Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Research Seminar

If you would like to be added to our PPE Seminar mailing list, please notify Alytheia Laughlin at [email protected]. Please consult the tentative schedule below and feel free to attend, all are welcome!

SCHEDULE 2018-2019

Fall 2018

September 6th

Jennifer Murtazashvili, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

September 20th

Richard Hornbeck, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

October 4th

Livia I. Schubiger, Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Duke University

October 18th

Musa Al-Gharbi, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Columbia University

November 1st

Volha Charnysh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

November 15th

Michelle Schwarze, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin Madison

Spring 2019

February 7th

Dorothy Kronick, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

February 21st

Emily Sellars, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University

March 7th

Brian Kogelmann, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland


April 4th

Jeffrey Howard, Lecturer in Political Theory, University College London

May 2nd

Elizabeth Hinton, Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University



Past Events, Spring 2018

Tues, Feb 13th 2018 (12:30pm) - David Skarbek (Associate Professor, Political Science, Brown University), “Political Economy of Life in English Prisons”

Tues, March 13th 2018 (12:30pm) - Emily Skarbek (Assistant Professor (Research), Political Theory Project, Brown University),  “The Rise of Civil Society in Early 19th Century America”

Fri, April 6th 2018 (12:00pm) - Barak Richman (Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration, School of Law, Duke University), “Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange”

Mon, April 16th 2018 (4:00pm) - Benjamin Lessing (Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago), “Making Peace in Drug Wars: Crackdowns and Cartels in Latin America”

Mon, May 7th 2018 (12:30pm) - Daniel D’Amico (Associate Director, Political Theory Project, Brown University), “Cartel Federalism and Mass Incarceration”