Exploring the Many Facets of Freedom

A University Center in the Office for Research, Innovation & Impact, the Freedom Center embraces viewpoint diversity to help identify and examine society’s grand challenges.

Our faculty fosters critical thinking about freedom, responsibility, and human behavior through the interdisciplinary study of philosophy, politics, economics, law, and ethics. 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, undergraduate education, and other academic programs, as well as major community events that bring experts with different perspectives together to discuss and debate timely issues. Just this year, we’ve addressed The Great Reshuffling and its impact on the workforce and workplaces, busted the myth at SXSW that women are less competitive than men to help close the gender wage and opportunity gap, continued to help high school teachers effectively engage students in civics, financial literacy, and ethics, produced powerful oral histories that detail the differences between democracy and communism, and are convening a panel of extraordinary women who fought for and won greater equity in sports to share their stories and spur continued progress.


Academic Journals

Top 5

Political Philosophy Program

Master of Legal Studies, Law & Economics Concentration

The Freedom Center partners with the James E. Rogers College of Law to offer a concentration in Law & Economics for the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree. The program provides an enhanced understanding of law and regulation, economic theory and empirical methods. Ideal candidates include current or aspiring federal, state and local elected officials, high-school teachers, school board members and public employees as well as students interested in pursuing advanced studies in these or related fields. 

The MLS, Law & Economics concentration is a one-year program pursued full-time or part-time.  Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis (conditional on available funding). 

Upcoming Events

Women’s Equity in Sports: The Fight, the Scars, and the Thrill of Victory
All-Star panel includes Adia Barnes, Kathryn Bertine, A.J. Mleczko, Sarah Spain, and Kathrine Switzer, moderated by Damien Alameda.
Public Discussion Forum

Voting Method by Agreement 
Justin Bruner - University of Arizona Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science
Freedom Center Talks

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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.

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.