Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 PPEL Undergraduate Summer School, which will be held on the University of San Diego campus June 4-7. Registration, meals, and student housing is free. The summer school is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation #62965.

Created, developed, and organized by Mary Rigdon, Freedom Center Director and Associate Professor of Political Economy & Moral Science, and Saura Masconale, Freedom Center Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Political Economy & Moral Science, the PPEL summer school is a collaboration between the Freedom Center, the UArizona Department of Political Economy and Moral Science (PEMS), the University of San Diego’s Center for Ethics, Economics, & Public Policy, and Chapman University’s Smith Institute for Political Economy & Philosophy. The curriculum focuses on the practical problems associated with organizing and running human society.

The four-day program features foundational and topical interdisciplinary courses taught by top tier faculty including: Suzanne Dovi (UA); Anthony Gillies (UA); Saura Masconale (UA); John Thrasher (Chapman); Mary Rigdon (UA); Bas Van der Vossen (Chapman); Steven Wall (UA); Matt Zwolinski (USD); and more to be announced.

University of San Diego campus
University of San Diego campus

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2024, but space is limited and interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Eligible students must be:

  • 18 years or older by the start of the summer school 
  • Have completed at least one year of college by the start of the summer school
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be enrolled in an accredited university

Virginia Tech University PPE major Phoebe Scarborough shared her experience attending the 2023 inaugural PPEL summer school in an article published on the Virginia Tech, Kellogg Center for Philosophy Politics, and Economics website.

“This program was such a formative experience for me despite the short time frame because I was exposed to so many different perspectives along the way. This opportunity strengthened my abilities in my major as it allowed me to gain foundational knowledge on a number of new PPE topics that I had yet to be exposed to,” Scarborough said.

Learn more about the 2024 PPEL Summer School.