Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law

Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law

The major in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, or PPEL, provides an interdisciplinary course of study with a focus on normative questions of law and public policy.

Major & ConcentrationsCourses

Logan Jones-Wilkins Bike

The Bicycle Diaries: 1489 Miles, 19 Days, 1 Spider in Ecuador

PPEL and journalism double major, Logan Jones-Wilkin’s journey took him the length and breadth of Ecuador, where he had the opportunity to see and feel how the government’s road building investment affected regions differently. Over his nearly 1,500 miles of riding, he ascended and descended mountains, rode through rainforests, and crossed the equator six times.

"Over the two and a half weeks of riding through most corners of the country, I conducted interviews, documented my sensations, and built a story around the country’s roads and the politics surrounding them."

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Jessica Flanigan
Flanigan Published

Jessica Flanigan, associate professor of leadership studies and PPEL, wrote the chapter "Public Health and Health Care Policy" in the book "The Routledge Companion to Libertarianism," published by Routledge. 

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Dr. Jessica Flanigan
Flanigan Published

Jessica Flanigan, associate professor of leadership studies and PPEL, wrote the chapter "Deception and Sexual Harassment" in the book "The Palgrave Handbook of Sexual Ethics," published by Palgrave Macmillan. 

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Dr. Jeppe von Platz
Von Platz Published

Jeppe von Platz, associate professor of philosophy and coordinator of the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law Program, published “ The Injustice of Alienation,” in Social Theory and Practice.

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Dr. Jeppe von Platz
Von Platz Published

Jeppe von Platz, associate professor of philosophy and coordinator of the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law Program, published “The Principle of Merit and the Capital-Labour Split,” in Economics & Philosophy (Cambridge University Press). 

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
PPEL Program
424 Humanities Building
106 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8529
Fax: (804) 287-6833

PPEL Coordinator: Dr. Jeppe von Platz 
Academic Administrative Specialist:  Susan Wolski