Political Theory Project

Political Theory Project

An interdisciplinary research center at Brown University


The mission of the Political Theory Project (PTP) is to investigate the ideas and institutions that make societies free, prosperous, and fair. We approach these big questions by combining insights from philosophy, politics, and economics. Central to our approach is a commitment to methodological and viewpoint diversity. We believe that quality research in political economy is best conducted by a community of scholars who see the world in diverse ways and whose work spans disciplinary boundaries. 

Recent News

News from PTP

PTP professor releases second book

David Skarbek, PTP Associate Professor of Political Science releases his second book, The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World (Oxford University Press).
One semester after Bleeding Heart Libertarianism, four Brown students are working with political scientist John Tomasi to make connections between political philosophy and conditions on the ground in Chile.
The Templeton Foundation grant funds a joint research venture between Brown University's Political Theory Project and Texas Tech University's Free Market Institute to investigate the continuing relevance of Austrian economics in the 21st century.

We've moved and we're growing

We've come a long way since our humble beginnings in 2003 when we occupied the attic space of Blistein House. This summer the PTP moved our office from its longtime home in the carriage house at 8 Fones Alley to a beautiful historic building, 25 George Street, on the corner of Brown's main green. The move was necessitated by the project's continued organic growth and is a sign of good things to come in the years ahead. 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming PTP Events

Video Archive

Videos from past lectures are available on our Youtube playlist.