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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, February 15, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Sahar Akhtar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia
Field: Political Theory

I’m an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia, where I teach courses in political philosophy, bioethics, and ethics and economics. My main research interests are in political philosophy, especially on the topics of migration, membership, and identity.

Friday, February 22, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Desmond Jagmohan, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Field: Political Theory

Desmond Jagmohan is an assistant professor in the Politics department at Princeton University. He researches and teaches history of political theory, working primarily at the intersection of American political thought and race. He also has interests in property, slavery, and historical methods. At the moment he is completing his first book titled Ethics of the Oppressed: Booker T.

Friday, March 1, 2019 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Allyson Hobbs, Associate Professor of American History, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Allyson Hobbs is an Associate Professor of United States History and Director of African and African American Studies. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker.com and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Root.com, and The Guardian.

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".

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