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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 18-19: Brian Coyne

Friday, April 5, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Adam Smith, Professor of Political Theory, University of Warwick
Field: Political Theory

I am a political theorist with some training in sociology. I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, did an M.Phil in Sociology at Nuffield College, and then returned to Balliol as a Tutorial Fellow before joining Warwick. While at Oxford I was Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Justice.

Friday, April 12, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Tom Dougherty, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Field: Political Theory

Tom Dougherty is a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. His research covers moral and political philosophy, including gender bias, and the under-representation of women in philosophy studies. He is currently working on an AHRC-funded project "The Ethics of Communicating Consent".

Friday, April 19, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: David Peña Rangel, PhD Candidate in Political Science, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

David Peña Rangel is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and a Mellon Dissertation Fellow at Stanford’s Humanities Center. His research interests are broadly in political theory and moral and political philosophy. His dissertation focuses on the leveling down objection to equality—the most often invoked challenge against egalitarian distributions.

Friday, April 26, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Mirko Canevaro, Reader in Classics, University of Edinburgh
Field: Political Theory

I was born in Alessandria, Italy, where I first became acquainted with Greek and Roman history attending the local Liceo Classico.

Friday, May 3, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Japa Pallikkathayil, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Field: Political Theory

I am an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of Pittsburgh. I work on issues at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and I have recently focused on the topics of coercion, deception, and exploitation.

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