Impact

#1 Political Philosophy

The University of Arizona is ranked #1 in Political Philosophy by the Philosophical Gourmet Report. The Freedom Center bolsters Arizona's standing through its support of faculty and three philosophical journals.

Freedom Center Alumni

Center Alumni regularly land prestigious jobs in academia after receiving their Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Jennifer Baker received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2003.  She is now an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston.

Matt Bedke received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2007.  He is now a Professor and Department Head of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

Jason Brennan received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2007.  He is now the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Professor Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Chris Brown received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2008.  He was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore and is now working in the private sector.

Mark Budolfson was a visiting doctoral fellow at the Freedom Center during the 2011-12 academic year. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, and a Fellow at the Gund Institute for Environment.

Hun Chung was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics at the University of Arizona during the 2015-16 academic year. He is now an Associate Professor at the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Christopher Freiman received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2010.  He is now the Class of 1963 Distinguished Term Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of William & Mary.

Adam Gjesdal received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2019. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Chapman University.

Keith Hankins received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2015. He is now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University.

Mark LeBar received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1999.  He is now a Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.  During the 2010-11 academic year, Mark returned to the Freedom Center as a visiting scholar.

John Phillips was a visiting doctoral fellow at the Freedom Center during the 2009-10 academic year.  He is now an Associate Professor of Political Science at Austin Peay State University.

Gregory Robson received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2019. He is now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University.

Steven Scalet received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1999.  He is now a Professor of Legal, Ethical, and Historical Studies at the University of Baltimore.

Dan Shahar received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2017. He is now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans.

Daniel Silvermint received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2012.  He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed in Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

John Thrasher received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2014. He is now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University.

Hannah Tierney received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2016. She is now a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Kevin Vallier received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2011.  He is now an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University.

Bas van der Vossen is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University.  During the 2008-09 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at the Freedom Center.

Chad Van Schoelandt received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2015.  He is now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University.

Matt Zwolinski received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2003.  He is now Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and director of USD's Institute of Law and Philosophy.


Research

Journals

The Freedom Center supports three philosophical journals: Social Philosophy & Policy, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, and Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics.

  • The Freedom Center’s flagship journal, Social Philosophy & Policy, has the widest circulation of any philosophy journal in the Western world.
  • Steve Wall is a co-founder of the Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy journal and it's associated annual workshop.
  • The Freedom Center provides support for the Workshop in Normative Ethics, organized by Professor of Philosophy Mark Timmons.

Books & Articles

The Freedom Center provides teaching relief to it's faculty so that they can focus more time on research. Our faculty are then able to publish more books and articles on average.

Faculty Books

Translations

Commercial Society, the textbook used in the Ethics, Economy & Entrepreneurship dual enrollment course, is currently offered in English and Spanish.


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