Alumni Profiles

Since its inception in 1985, the Summer Graduate Research program has included graduate students from a wide range of disciplines, hailing from a variety of universities. A selection of program alumni illustrates their broad interests and accomplishments:

Professor Michele Boardman (JD, University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law specializing in Contracts and Insurance Law. She has a forthcoming law review article on Terrorism Risk Insurance.

Professor Jacob Levy (PhD, Princeton University) is on the Political Science faculty at the University of Chicago. His research interests include problems of cultural diversity and nationalism in liberal theory. He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Professor John D. Majewski (PhD, UCLA) is a professor of American history at UC Santa Barbara and author of A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia, 1800-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2000), an extension of his IHS Summer Fellow research on American economic, social, and legal history.

Professor Daniel McDermott (DPhil, Oxford University) is a lecturer in political theory at Oxford University. He formerly taught for two years at the Australian National University in Canberra. The focus of his research has been the philosophical justifications for punishment by the state, and he has published articles in Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Studies and Journal of Social Philosophy.

Professor Robert M. S. McDonald (PhD, University of North Carolina) teaches history at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. As an IHS Summer Fellow, Robert evaluated Thomas Jefferson's image in America during Jefferson's own lifetime. Professor McDonald discovered previously unknown Jefferson scrapbooks while doing research at Monticello, and he is the author of Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy: Founding West Point (University Press of Virginia, 2004).

Professor Mark Pennington (PhD, London School of Economics) focuses his research on the public choice approach to urban land use planning and market approaches to environmental problems. Mark has a position at Queen Mary College, University of London, and is the author of Planning and the Political Market: Public Choice and the Politics of Government Failure (Athlone Press, 2001) and Liberating the Land: The Case for Private Land Use Planning (London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2001).

Professor David Schmidtz (PhD, University of Arizona) teaches philosophy at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Rational Choice and Moral Agency (Princeton, 1995) and Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility (with Robert E. Goodin, Cambridge 1998) and co-editor of Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works? (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Professor George Selgin (PhD, New York University) teaches at the University of Georgia, wrote Bank Deregulation and Monetary Order (Routledge, 1996), and is a widely published scholar and a leading expert on free banking.

Professor C. Bradley Thompson (PhD, Brown University) teaches history at Ashland University. His research program on liberalism in the early American republic led to his book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (University Press of Kansas, 1998), which won the 1999 APSA "Foundations of Political Theory Award" as the best first book in political philosophy. He also edited The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams (Liberty Fund, Incorporated, 2000).

Professor John Tomasi (DPhil, Oxford University) teaches political theory at Brown University. His summer fellow research on liberalism and community has been expanded into a book,Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizenship, Virtue, and the Boundaries of Liberal Theory Construction (Princeton University Press, 2001).

Professor Kate Xiao Zhou (PhD, Princeton University) is a University of Hawaii political scientist with a long list of publications on political reform in China, including her book How the Farmers Changed China: Power of the People (Westview, 1996). Her thesis about the roots of the Chinese reform process generated considerable controversy in the field of Chinese studies. She is also interested in globalization and the knowledge-based economy in China and has recently created a non-profit organization to promote cultural exchange and education in China.