Political Theory Project

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Research Seminar

The PPE Research Seminar is a workshop designed for researchers from across disciplines and continents to present their work-in-progress for feedback and discussion.

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The focus of the PPE Seminar is to advance research on topics associated with our programs, including informal order and state building; economic, legal and political development; crime and incarceration; and intellectual history. We aim to be a place in the Brown community where scholars from around the world can engage with leading research that overlaps in disciplinary appeal and importance.

Invited speakers present research that is "work-in-progress" and not yet published. The paper is circulated a week in advance so that participants can read it ahead of time and come prepared to give feedback. There is a 45-minute presentation where the speaker gives an overview of the work, identifies fruitful areas for discussion, and then the floor is opened for discussion.

The PPE Seminar meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m in the Political Theory Project conference room at 8 Fones Alley. Please consult the tentative schedule below and feel free to attend — all are welcome!

Upcoming Seminars

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.

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 Belinda Archibong, Barnard College, Columbia University who will present her paper”Prison Labor: The Price of Prisons and the Lasting Effects of Incarceration”. Professor Archibong’s research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of historical institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital. 

PPE Seminar welcomes Robin Douglass, King’s College London who will present his paper “Bernard Mandeville on Pride, Hypocrisy and Sociability”. Professor Douglass’s research expertise is in the history of modern political thought and he is especially interested in how interpretations of historical thinkers continue to influence and structure debates in contemporary political philosophy. 

Past Seminars