Liberty & Society: Beyond the Foundations of Freedom

Think critically about timeless questions related to the relationship between liberty and society, examining them through the interdisciplinary lens of economics, philosophy, history, political science, and more. Intended for those who have a solid understanding of fundamental classical liberal principles and thinkers, these seminars go beyond the basics of free markets to explore more sophisticated arguments for liberty.​

June 4 – 8, 2015 ● Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

June 27 – July 3, 2015 ● Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Liberty & Society: Beyond the Foundations of Freedom

Liberty and Society June 4-8 

Jayme Lemke 

Jayme Lemke (Ph.D.,  Economics, George Mason University) is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of Graduate Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her specialties include public choice, constitutional political economy, and women’s economic history. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Public Choice, the Journal of Institutional Economics, Studies in Emergent Order, and the Review of Behavioral Economics. Jayme’s past positions include visiting assistant professor of economics at Utah State University and postdoctoral research fellow in the Political Theory Project at Brown University. More information is available at 

Christopher Freiman  

Christopher Freiman is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William & Mary. Chris is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. in Philosophy) and the University of Arizona  (M.A., Ph.D. in Philosophy). He is the author of over a dozen articles on topics including democratic theory, distributive justice, and applied ethics. His work has appeared in venues such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy. His website is and he blogs at 

Tom W. Bell  

Professor Tom W. Bell earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993, practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and served as a policy director at the Cato Institute before joining Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, in 1998.  He has published papers on copyrights, Internet law, polycentric law, consent theory, prediction markets, and the Third Amendment.  Bell recently authored “Intellectual Privilege:  Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good” (Mercatus 2014).  He teaches all of the first-year common law courses and many electives relating to high-tech and IP law.  Bell’s clients include law schools trying to master the U.S. News & World Report rankings, who hire him for statistical analysis, and companies in the startup cities industry, whom he advises on legal system design.  

Brandon Turner 

Brandon Turner is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, where he works in political theory. He earned his B.A. from Miami University of Ohio (2004), and his M.A.and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). He is currently revising a manuscript titled Antagonism in the Liberal Tradition. He previously taught for one year at Wake Forest University. His research interests are in the history of modern political thought, particularly British liberal thought, as well as theories of republicanism. 


Liberty & Society June 27 – July 3

Adam Martin 

Dr. Adam Martin is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he was a Lecturer in Political Economy and Leader of the Rationality, Choice and Uncertainty Research Group at King's College London. Adam has also served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute at New York University and has been a visitor at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University and the Social Ontology Group at Cambridge University. Dr. Martin's research interests focus on the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics and include Austrian economics, economic methodology, economic development and public choice. His research has been published in Journal of Economic Methodology and Public Choice among other scholarly outlets. In addition to advancing his scholarly research program, Dr. Martin serves as a member of the Board of Scholars for the Foundation for Economic Education, Director of the Humane Studies Fellowship for the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and judge for the Carl Menger Essay Contest for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, an undergraduate essay competition he co-founded.

Michael Thomas 

Michael D. Thomas is Assistant Professor of Economics at Creighton University. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Before joining Creighton University he was at Utah State University for five years, and was previously a fellow at the History of Political Economy Center at Duke University. Prof. Thomas's research focuses on public choice, taxation, and history of economic thought. 

John Hasnas 

John Hasnas is an associate professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and an associate professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, whose tripartite mission is to produce high-quality research on matters related to the ethics of market activity, improve ethics pedagogy, and educate the broader, non-academic community about ethical issues related to the functioning of markets. Professor Hasnas has held previous appointments as associate professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, visiting associate professor of law at Duke University School of Law and the Washington College of Law at American University, and Law and Humanities Fellow at Temple University School of Law. Professor Hasnas has also been a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, DC and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Lafayette College, his J.D. and Ph.D. in Legal Philosophy from Duke University, and his LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple Law School. Between 1997 and 1999, Professor Hasnas served as assistant general counsel to Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas. His scholarship concerns ethics and white collar crime, jurisprudence, and legal history. 

Mark LeBar

Mark LeBar is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.