Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Our Mission

We believe freedom is foundational to a healthy democracy and a vibrant university community, which are enriched when we learn about and appreciate diverse perspectives.

The Freedom Center was founded in 2008 and is today a University Center in the Office for Research, Innovation & Impact. It provides research, teaching, and programming that is grounded in individual freedom and honors people’s right to constructively disagree.

Our faculty draw from philosophy, politics, economics, law, and ethics to enhance our understanding of the elements that shape individual and societal prosperity. Center scholars also include post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D. students in philosophy, and visiting and research fellows we host from universities worldwide.

The Center’s impact comes through research, publications, graduate education, academic programs, and major community events. In all we do, we are committed to integrating multiple disciplinary perspectives, training critical thinkers and fostering constructive public debate.

Director: Mary L. Rigdon
Associate Director: Saura Masconale 


Academic Journals

Top 5

Political Philosophy Program

Master of Legal Studies in Law & Economics

Freedom Center Associate Director & Assistant Professor Saura Masconale, in partnership with the UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law, created the Master of Legal Studies in Law & Economics (MLS, L&E) program. This program, centered on public policy, offers students comprehensive knowledge in law, regulation, economic theory, and empirical methods, providing them with the essential foundational skills needed for a successful career in the public policy sector. It is the first of its kind in the country to offer a dedicated track for legislators.

Who it’s for:

  • Undergraduate students who want to pursue a postgraduate degree
  • High school government, economics, and social studies teachers
  • Elected officials and public sector professionals
  • Private sector professionals who engage with the government, legislative, or regulatory process

Concentration courses:

  • Law & Economics
  • Political Economy, Law, and Experimentation
  • Law, Economics, and Civil Society,
  • Ethics and Economics of Environmental Policy
  • The Ethical Entrepreneur.

Scholarships for this program are available for qualified applicants.

Donate Today

Civil discourse powers progress and learning. Tax-deductible contributions fund scholarships, academic research, educational programs, public events that highlight the importance of freedom to an inclusive society where diversity and differing viewpoints are acknowledged and respected.

Upcoming Events

The Freedom Center and Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Present: An Evening and Oral History Screening with Holocaust Survivor Hanna Zack Miley
Robert C. Robbins, UArizona President; Rep. Ben Toma, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives; and Rep. Alma Hernandez will participate in this free community educational event.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.