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

Conversation regarding career for PPEL students

PPEL Career Conversation

Please join PPEL for a panel discussion about careers on Friday, November 3rd from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Whitehurst Living Room.  
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. David Lefkowitz
Lefkowitz Published

David Lefkowitz, professor of philosophy and PPEL, published "A New Philosophy for International Legal Skepticism?" in International Theory.

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Dr. David Lefkowitz
Lefkowitz Published

David Lefkowitz, professor of philosophy and PPEL, published "Civil Liability for Civil Disobedience" in Annual Review of Law and Ethics.

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Dr. David Lefkowitz
Lefkowitz Published

David Lefkowitz, professor of philosophy and PPEL, published "Political Feasibility and a Global Climate Treaty" in Ethics, Policy and Environment.

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Dr. David Lefkowitz
Lefkowitz Published

David Lefkowitz, professor of philosophy and PPEL, published "State Consent and the Legitimacy of International Law" in Consenting to International Law.

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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 Coordinator:  Emilee Papa