Political Theory Project

PTP Events

About Our Events

Each semester the PTP offers large lectures open to the entire Brown community and the general public, as well as a series of smaller workshops that are by invitation. Invited guests are experts in their field from around the world who present diverse topics that are interdisciplinary in nature. 

Fall 2020 Events

Due to COVID-19, this semester's events will be held virtually. Check back regularly for updates.

Upcoming PTP Events

Recent PTP Events

PPE Seminar welcomes Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Brown University who will present her paper “The Criminal Justice System as a Welfare Handout: How Criminal Justice Professionals Adapt Welfare-Dependency Narratives To The World of Custody and Courts”. Professor Gonzalez Van Cleve’s research addresses the equitability of laws, the creation of racial meaning, and the “consumer experience” of criminal justice institutions. 

PPE Seminar welcomes Bernardo Zacka, MIT who will present his paper “Silenced by Design: The Interior Architecture of the Welfare State”. Professor Zacka’s main fields of research are contemporary political theory, bureaucracy, ethnographic methods, architecture and politics, 20th century European political thought.

Julian Muller, University of Hamburg, “The Logic of Populism”

Location: 8 Fones Alley Room: 016
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The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Research Seminar at Brown University is a workshop designed to appeal to researchers across disciplines. The PPE Seminar is sponsored by the Political Theory Project, whose mission is to foster the study of those institutions which contribute to societies that are free, prosperous, and fair.

PPE Seminar welcomes Julian Muller , University of Hamburg who will present his paper “The Logic of Populism”. Professor Muller main fields of research are political epistemology and applied ethics. Please click here for a link to the upcoming paper. 

Anja Shortland, King’s College, “Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business”

Location: Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES) Room: 130
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Kidnap for ransom is a lucrative but tricky business. Millions of people live, travel, and work in areas with significant kidnap risks, yet kidnaps of foreign workers, local VIPs, and tourists are surprisingly rare and the vast majority of abductions are peacefully resolved - often for remarkably low ransoms. In fact, the market for hostages is so well ordered that the crime is insurable. This is a puzzle: ransoming a hostage is the world’s most precarious trade. What would be the “right” price for your loved one - and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? How do you (safely) pay a ransom? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Join us for a conversation with author Anja Shortland about this fascinating topic. Please click here for tickets. 

PPE Seminar welcomes Alisha Holland, Harvard who will present her paper “Private Property Against Public Works”. 

Professor Holland studies the comparative political economy of development with a focus on urban politics, social policy, and Latin America. Her book, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics), looks at the politics of enforcement against property law violations by the poor, such as squatting, street vending, and electricity theft.

Her current book project focuses on the political determinants of the level, quality, and social response to infrastructure projects in Latin America. Other research interests include migration, crime control, and subnational governance. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, American Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, Perspectives on Politics, and World Politics. 

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Video Archive

More videos from past lectures are available on our Youtube playlist.