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

  • Arthur Ghins Arthur Ghins

    Arthur Ghins

    Arthur is a historian of political thought and political theorist. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on Benjamin Constant’s political and constitutional thought. Beyond expanding on his doctoral work, current areas of research include a history of conceptualizations of public opinion in 18-19th century France, and a critical reexamination of 'French liberalism' as a distinct tradition or paradigm. Arthur holds graduate degrees in law (Université Catholique de Louvain), philosophy (KU Leuven) and political theory (LSE).

  • Anthony Gregory 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 BA, MA, and PhD 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.  

  • Antong Liu Antong Liu

    Antong Liu

    Antong Liu received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University and his B.A. in International Politics and Sociology at Peking University. He specializes in modern history of political thought, focusing on the implications of the passions for modern politics and civic ethics. In his current book-length project, he studies the sense of honor and its modernization in eighteenth-century political theory, especially in the writings of Rousseau, Adam Smith, and Kant. He also works on pity, resentment, and shame and takes an interest in comparative political theory.

  •  Julia Netter  Julia Netter

    Julia Netter

    Julia Netter received her DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in normative political philosophy, focusing specifically on questions of justification and moral pluralism in liberal political theory, and the ethics of public debate. Beyond extending her dissertation work on unreasonable views and deep moral disagreement in theories of public reason, her current research projects examine modes of conflict in the public discourse, and in particular, the interplay of mutual respect, conviction, and persuasion.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lowry Pressly Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lowry Pressly

    Lowry Pressly

    Lowry Pressly received a PhD 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.