Political Theory Project

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Each year, The Political Theory Project brings a dynamic and intellectually diverse group of scholars to Brown.

Past PTP Postdocs Brandon Davis, University of Kansas and Gianna Englert, Southern Methodist University
Past PTP Postdocs Brandon Davis, University of Kansas and Gianna Englert, Southern Methodist University

Postdoctoral Research Associates

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is the center of the PTP’s research activity and exemplifies our sustained contribution to the international scholarly community in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Each year we carefully select top talent across the disciplines to be in residence at Brown for two years and contribute to a dynamic and intellectually diverse group of scholars. While at Brown, these scholars pursue their own research agendas, produce publications, participate in Project-sponsored events on campus and add an array of challenging new courses to the Brown undergraduate curriculum.

Political Theory Project Postdocs come from a variety of disciplines including:

  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • History

Postdoctoral research associates participate in various campus workshops and seminars, including: 

Weekly workshop for students from various disciplines, especially Political Science and Philosophy, with an emphasis on constructive critical discussion of work in progress by faculty and graduate students from Brown University, as well as several outside scholars each semester.

Current Postdoctoral Research Associates

  • PTP Predoctoral Fellow

    Ugur Altundal

    Ugur Altundal is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research expertise includes democratic theory, contemporary political theory, and the ethics and politics of migration and borders. His dissertation, “Open Borders and Mobility: Toward an Ethics of Travel,” addresses travel, short-term mobility, and circular migration. It includes chapters that argue for a human right to travel, explain that right’s moral and practical limits, and examine the normative implications of such a right for democratic politics. 

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Samuel Director

    Samuel Director

    Sam earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research focuses on issues in applied ethics and political philosophy. He believes that bioethics is best done from an interdisciplinary, empirically informed and evidenced standpoint. At the broadest level, his research asks, “What does it mean to honor an individual’s consent?” His work has been published in Bioethics, the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Social Theory and Practice, Metaphilosophy, and more. 

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Anthony Gregory

    Anthony Gregory

    Anthony Gregory is a political, legal, and intellectual historian whose research explores the construction of American state power through both cooperation and coercion. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. His publications on constitutionalism, legal theory, and national security policy address questions from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. He currently focuses on modern America and is writing a book on how the New Deal war on crime built and legitimated modern government and transformed American liberalism.  

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lowry Pressly

    Lowry Pressly

    Lowry Pressly received a Ph.D. in political theory from Harvard University. His research interests include ethics, political philosophy, theories of action, and the politics of self-knowledge. He is currently at work on a book on privacy and the value of being unknown both to others and to oneself. His other projects include work on agency, shame, tech ethics, and a second book project on the value of being a stranger.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Emelie Sartre, Ph.D., Economics, CREST

    Emilie Sartre

    Emilie earned her Ph.D. in Economics at CREST-ENSAE and visited the Department of Economics at Harvard University. She earned her B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Pantheon-Sorbonne University before receiving her M.A. in Economics from ENSAE, Ecole Polytechnique and Sciences Po Paris. Her research lies at the intersection of public economics and political economy, with a particular focus on political representation, extremism and partisan segregation. Her work has been presented at several international conferences, including NBER Political Economy Program Meeting, CEPR, CESifo, Royal Economic Society Conference, among others. 

Incoming Postdoctoral Research Associates

  • Incoming Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jessie Bullock, Harvard

    Jessie Bullock

    Jessie's research interests include political economy of development, policing, crime, corruption, and clientelism. Her book project, Machine Gun Politics: Why Politicians Cooperate with Organized Crimeexplains why politicians and criminal organizations cooperate peacefully, drawing from a mixed-methods study of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her scholarship has won awards at the American Political Science Association (APSA), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and Public Choice Society, and has been published in World Development and Economia. Jessie's research has been generously supported by the Corporación Andino de Fomiento (CAF),  Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), Harvard Brazil Cities Initiative, and the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB). Jessie received her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 2022 and will begin a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2023. 

    Jessie will be joining the PTPas a Postdoctoral Fellow in late summer 2022.

  • Incoming PTP Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pawel Charasz, Duke University

    Pawel Charasz

    Pawel Charasz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. His research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and economic history, with a geographic focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In his work, Pawel studies the long-run effects of institutions and political processes on economic and political development, with an emphasis on cities and municipalities. His dissertation explores the role of historical city charters in promoting development. Pawel’s work has been published in European Union Politics and received the SAGE Award for the Best Article Published in EUP in 2021. His research has been supported by, among others, the Economic History Association, and the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Pawel has graduated with a BSc in Economics from Tilburg University, an MSc in International Political Economy from Nanyang Technological University, and an MA in Economics from Duke University. 

    Pawel will be joining the PTP as a Postdoctoral Fellow in late summer 2022.