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Research is an integral part of the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law program. The School of Arts & Sciences provides a number of research fellowships for students to complete summer research on campus. In addition, students who are invited to present their research at a regional or national conference or meeting can apply for travel funds through the School. If you want to get involved in undergraduate research, the best thing you can do is talk to a professor whose research area interests you, and ask him or her about the best way to get involved.

PPEL majors are also eligible to apply for a PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship. This summer fellowship provides students with an opportunity to pursue a theoretical or applied research interest that engages in some respect with the classical liberal tradition.

There is no shortage of research topics for students interested in taking their studies to the next level. Faculty members are enthusiastic mentors who are eager to deepen students’ understanding of particular subject areas that they may have only covered peripherally in the classroom.

Past Recipients Summer Research Fellowships

2011

Kim Ray, "Rationalizing Liberalism and Economics Education"

2012

Elliott Fox, “Self-Interst and Sympathy.” PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.

Erik Lampmann, “Strategizing An Ethos of Deliberative Democracy in an Unjust and Oppressive Age.”  Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship.

Reilly Wilson, “The Right to Rule: Against Locke’s Majority Right.”  PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.

Chris York, “Classical Liberalism and the Internet.”  Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship

2013

Brian Khzouz, “Profitable Prisons: Pragmatic, Ethical, and Classical Liberal Arguments.”  PPEL-Koch Summer Research Fellowship.

Chi Li, “Economic Growth Without Legal and Contractual Enforcement: The Case of China.”  PPEL-Koch Summer Research Fellowship.

2014

Zach Davis, “Homo Philosophicus and Libertarian Paternalism.”  PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.

Harry Lambert, “Transportation in a Just World: Exploring the State’s Role in the Transportation Market.” Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship.

2015

Tyler Lipositz, “Free and Fair Elections: At What Cost?” PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.

Taylor Robinson, “An Investigation of Current U.S. Drug Policy from a Classical Liberal Perspective.”  PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.

Daniel Yoo, “Aristotle’s Politics and Justice in Political Philosophy: How an Aristotelian Inquiry of Regime Theory Can Balance Normative Claims to Justice.”  Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship.

2016

Daniel Yoo, “Distributing Self-Respect: the Limits of Rawls' Politics in the Community.” PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.

Chris Sullivan, “Phantom Americans: The Lockean Paradox of U.S. Territories.” PPEL-Koch Foundation Summer Research Fellowship.