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

  • 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