Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society (PPE)

“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”

-Alexis De Tocqueville

The PPE Society aims to discover and unite Brown University students who share a desire to understand how societies may become better places for their citizens to live and flourish. The PPE Society is both a scholarship and learning opportunity for students at Brown to investigate social science and political philosophy while engaging with other similarly dedicated students, faculty, and visiting researchers.

PPE scholarships last a full academic year. Recipients will earn a $500 stipend per semester that they participate in the PPE Society. Students must fulfill all formal requirements in order to receive funds at the end of each semester. Scholarships are renewable for each year that a student remains enrolled at Brown University for a maximum of 4 consecutive years (possible $4,000 total).

During each semester, PPE scholars will participate in a guided reading and discussion group, meeting approximately every other week while classes are in session. Readings will be selected with the aim of deepening the group's appreciation and understanding of theories and research relevant to that semester's Janus Forum Lecture. PPE scholars will also have unique opportunities to meet visiting scholars hosted by the PTP and participate in more intimate sessions of dialogue and inquiry.

The topical theme of the PPE Society for the Fall  2019 academic semester will be "The Political Economy of Culture, Art and Aesthetics." 

Meetings are held in the conference room of the PTP at 8 Fones Alley and run from 6:30pm till 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Schedule for the Fall 2019 Semester:

  • (Saturday) September 8 - PTP Welcome back party (25 George St)
  • September 10
  • September 24
  • (Wednesday) October 2 - Lunch with Tyler Cowen
  • October 9
  • October 22 - Dinner with Lawrence Lessig
  • November 5
  • November 19

The current class of PPE Society members includes the following Brown undergraduates:

  • Sara Ahmed Y AlRabiah
  • Jasmine Bacchus
  • Leela Berman
  • Nidhi Bhaskar
  • Peter Deegan
  • Ryan Frant
  • Christina Ge
  • Nicholas Gross-Whitaker
  • Bryan Guan
  • Galen Hall
  • Sarah Hall
  • Hans Lei
  • Max Low
  • John Mazlish
  • Jonathan Pensler
  • Michael Power
  • Ava Rosenbaum
  • Marianna Scott
  • Daniel Steinfeld
  • Fengyi Wan
  • Annabelle Woodward
  • Glenn Yu