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Political Theory Workshop

The Political Theory Workshop offers faculty and other scholars an opportunity to present "in progress" or recently completed work to a diverse audience from political science, philosophy, law, and other social sciences and humanities.  Workshop papers come from all areas of political theory, including normative and positive theory, legal theory, and the history of political thought.  Papers are circulated ten days before the seminar. Participants are expected to read the paper before the workshop.  Each session begins with comments and questions on the paper by a discussant, a brief response from the author, followed by a general discussion.  All members of the university community are welcome to attend the workshop. This workshop is co-sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in SocietyJoin the Political Theory Workshop mailing list. Convenor for 17-18: Brian Coyne

Gina Schouten
Friday, September 29, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Gina Schouten, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
Field: Political Theory

Gina Schouten has just begun a job as assistant professor of philosophy at Harvard University. She received her BA in 2006 from Ball State University. After a year spent teaching kindergarten in Denver, Colorado, she began graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her PhD in 2013.

Sahar Akhtar
Friday, October 6, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Sahar Akhtar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia
Field: Political Theory

Sahar Akhtar is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in political philosophy, bioethics, and ethics and economics.

David Wiens
Friday, October 27, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: David Wiens, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
Field: Political Theory

David Wiens' research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy, philosophy of social science, and political economy. His main project uses resources from formal choice theory to model core features of the arguments theorists give to justify normative political principles.

Joseph Heath
Friday, November 10, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Joseph Heath, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Field: Political Theory

Joseph Heath's work is all related, in one way or another, to critical social theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt School.

Jacob Levy
Friday, February 9, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Jacob Levy, Professor of Political Science, McGill University
Field: Political Theory

Jacob T. Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political Science, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. He is the coordinator of McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies and Montreal’s Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, and the founding director of McGill’s Yan P.

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