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 alytheia_laughlin@brown.edu. Please consult the tentative schedule below and feel free to attend, all are welcome!

Fall Events, 2018

September 6th - Jennifer Murtazashvili, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science
September 20th - Richard Hornbeck, University of Chicago Booth, Economic History
October 4th - Livia Schubiger, Duke University, Political Science
October 18th - Musa Al-Gharbi, Columbia, Sociology
November 1st - Volha Charnysh, MIT, Political Science
November 15th - Michelle Schwarze, University of Wisconsin Madison, Political Theory 


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”