Distinguished Fellows for the Study of Liberalism and a Free Society are recognized for their exemplary record of advancing the liberal intellectual tradition. Each scholar participated in a public lecture discussing their key intellectual contributions.
This page provides details on 2020-21 Distinguished Fellows and Senior Fellows.
Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017).
Peter J. Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, as well as the Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Through an analytical framework strongly influenced by the paradigm of Austrian economics, as well as other intellectual traditions personified by thinkers in the mainline of economic thought—such as Adam Smith, F. A. Hayek, James M. Buchanan and Elinor Ostrom—Boettke has developed a robust political economy research program that expands an understanding of how individuals acting through the extended market order can promote freedom and prosperity for society, and how the institutional arrangements shape, reinforce, or inhibit the individual choices that lead to sustained economic development.
Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program and author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. His many Brookings publications include the 2015 ebook Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy, as well as research on political parties, marijuana legalization, health care, and more. In 2013, he published Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul, a memoir of his struggle with his sexuality, brought out as an ebook from The Atlantic Books. His previous book was Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, published in 2004 by Times Books (Henry Holt).
Vernon L. Smith, PhD, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics. Dr. Smith has joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Fowler School of Law, and he is part of a team that has created and will run the new Economic Science Institute at Chapman. He has authored or coauthored more than 350 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics and experimental economics.
Previous Senior Fellows
Senior Fellows for the Study of Liberalism and a Free Society are faculty with ongoing scholarly work that advances the principles of the good society. Senior Fellows convene regularly to discuss challenges to the liberal ideal within and beyond the academy.
Christina Bambrick is assistant professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Her work focuses on constitutional theory and development. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the horizontal application of rights to non-state actors in a comparative context, looking at shifting understandings of public and private in comparative constitutionalism in the United States, India, Germany, South Africa, and the European Union.
Nicholas Buccola is professor of political science and the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield University. His work focuses on American political thought, especially regarding rights and justice. Buccola is the author of “The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America,” for which he received an Oregon Book Award. His writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as the New York Times, Salon, and Dissent. He is currently at work on a book that examines competing conceptions of freedom in the American civil rights and conservative movements.
Sarah Burns is associate professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a fellow at the Quincy Institute. Her research examines the process of constitutional design in the United States using Montesquieu’s understanding of the separation of powers. In her book, The Politics of War Powers, she demonstrates how the Constitution purposely locks the president and legislature in a battle for control over military affairs.
Bradley Campbell is professor of sociology at California State University, Los Angeles. His work focuses on moral conflict — clashes of right and wrong — and his recent work has examined conflicts over free speech on college campuses. He is the author of “The Geometry of Genocide: A Study in Pure Sociology” and coauthor of “The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars.” His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Christopher Coyne is professor of economics at George Mason University and associate director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He has published numerous books, most recently, Defense, Peace, and War Economics. Coyne serves as co-editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, co-editor of The Independent Review, and book review editor of Public Choice.
Aurelian Craiutu is professor of political science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Craiutu’s research interests include French political and social thought, political ideologies, and theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation. He is the author and editor of several books on modern political thought, including his most recent book, Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes.
Samuel Goldman is associate professor of political science at George Washington University, where he is executive director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom, and director of the Politics & Values Program. His work focuses on political theory, religion and politics, and conservative political thought. His most recent book, “After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division,” was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2021. In addition to his academic research, Goldman is a national correspondent at The Week. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
Joshua C. Hall is professor of economics and the Milan Puskar Dean of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. His work focuses on global economic freedom, including trade and property rights. He was the 2019-2020 Benedum Distinguished Scholar in Behavioral and Social Sciences at WVU, the university’s highest research award. Hall is co-author of the widely-cited annual report, “Economic Freedom of the World.”
Lauren Hall is associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Hall’s current research is on the politics of women and the family in classical liberalism, and she also writes on related areas in evolutionary theory and bioethics. She is the author of The Medicalization of Birth and Death and Family and the Politics of Moderation.
Peter Jaworski is associate teaching professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a senior fellow with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, and a director of the Institute for Liberal Studies. Specializing in ethics, and social and political philosophy, Jaworski’s books include Markets Without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests.
Hrishikesh Joshi is assistant professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include political epistemology, public discourse, liberalism, and various issues at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). He is the author of “Why It’s OK to Speak Your Mind.”
Amna Khalid is associate professor of history at Carleton College. Her work focuses on modern South Asian history and the history of medicine. She also writes and speaks frequently on free expression, academic freedom, and campus politics. Combining her interest in free expression with her expertise in history, she hosts a podcast called “Banished,” which explores what happens when people, ideas and works of art come into conflict with our modern sensibilities. Khalid’s writing has appeared in many outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The New Republic.
Jacob Levy is professor of political theory and professor of political science at McGill University and a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center. Levy’s research interests include federalism, constitutionalism, freedom of association, Montesquieu, the history of liberal thought, and the rights of ethnic and cultural minorities. He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear and Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom.
Jonathan Marks is professor and chair of politics and international relations at Ursinus College. His work focuses on modern and contemporary political philosophy. He also writes frequently about free speech and higher education. He is the author of “Let’s Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case for Liberal Education” and “Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau.” Marks’ writing has appeared in many outlets including Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular contributor to the Commentary Magazine blog.
Timothy Wyman McCarty is associate professor of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego. His work focuses on democratic theory, theories of complicity & moral responsibility, politics & literature, and right-wing politics in America. He is co-editor with Sabine von Mering of “Right-Wing Radicalism Today: Perspectives from Europe and the US.” McCarty is currently at work on a book-length project on the politics of complicity, provisionally titled The Tragedy of Complicity.
Pamela Paresky is visiting senior research associate at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago, senior scholar at the Network Contagion Research Institute, and a frequent contributor to PsychologyToday.com. Her current project, Habits of a Free Mind, is a toolkit for engaging across lines of difference. Paresky previously served as senior scholar in psychology and human development at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and was lead researcher on Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s New York Times bestselling book, “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Her writing has appeared in many outlets including The New York Times, Politico, and The Guardian.
Fabio Rojas is professor of sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Rojas’s main research interest is organizational analysis and its intersections with political sociology. His book, From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline, uses data from the black studies movement to show how social movements generate lasting organizational change.
Virgil Storr is associate professor of economics at George Mason University and vice president of academic and student programs at the Mercatus Center. Storr’s research focuses on the social and moral aspects of markets, the challenges of community recovery after disasters, how culture affects economic activity, and the social and economic history of the Bahamas. He is the author of several books, most recently Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals? with Ginny Seung Choi.
Chris Surprenant is professor of ethics, strategy, and public policy, director of the University Honors Program, and founding director of the Urban Entrepreneurship and Policy Institute at the University of New Orleans. His work focuses on current issues in ethics and public policy, including the connection between entrepreneurship and human well-being; the importance of free exchange to the proper functioning of a free society; and the role of financial incentives in shaping institutions and influencing public policy.
Brandon Turner is associate professor of political science at Clemson University. Turner’s research interests include the history of modern political thought, particularly British liberal thought, as well as theories of republicanism.
Kevin Vallier is associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University. Vallier’s research interests lie primarily in political philosophy, ethics, philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE), and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation and Must Politics Be War? In Defense of Public Reason Liberalism.
Bart Wilson is the chair in economics and law at Chapman University and director of the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. Wilson’s research uses experimental economics to explore the foundations of exchange and specialization and the origins of property. In 2019 he co-authored with Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith the book Humanomics: Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations for the Twenty-First Century.