People in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
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Cristina Bicchieri (Director 2005 - Present)
S. J. P. Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics
Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies
She is the author of three books: The Grammar of Society: the Nature and Dynamics of Social Norms; Rationality and Coordination; andRagioni per Credere, Ragioni per Fare. Convenzioni e Vincoli nel Metodo Scientifico. She has edited 5 volumes, including The Logic of Strategy, The Dynamics of Norms and Knowledge, Belief, and Strategic Interaction.
Interests: The intersection of philosophy, psychology and economics: Judgment and decision making with special focus on fairness, trust, and cooperation; the evolution of social norms; the epistemic foundations of game theory.
Samuel Freeman (Past Director, 1996-2005)
Avalon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Law
He was seminal in the creation of the PPE Program in 1994. He is the author of two books--Justice and the Social Contract, and Rawls—and has edited four volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to Rawls; John Rawls’s Collected Papers and his
Lectures in the History of Political Philosophy, and the forthcoming Reasons and Recognition: Essays in Honor of T.M. Scanlon.
Interests: political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of law
Professor of Psychology
I study intuitions and judgment biases that impede maximization of utility (good) by democratic government. These include parochialism, the act-omission distinction, moralistic values, and the isolation effect. Relevant rubrics are Behavioral Public Finance, Behavioral Public Economics, and Behavioral Law and Economics. I am also interested in experimentation and data analysis.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Reserach Intersts: microeconomic theory and decision theory
Ting Jiang (2012 - Present)
Research Interests: Corruption, Culture, Social Preferences, Eye-Tracking, Moral Image
Nicolas Baumard (2011- Present)
Research Interests: Evolutionary Psychology, Cognitive Anthropology, Behavioral Economics, Moral and Political Philosophy
Ryan Muldoon (2011 - present)
Research Interests: Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Social Science
Hugo Mercier (2009 - 2011)
Research Interests: Cognition and Culture
John Gasper (2008-2010)
Erte Xiao (2006-2008)
Azi Lev-On (2005-2006)
Karla Hoff (Spring 2013)
Jan Willem Lindemans (2012-2013)
Research Interests: philosophy of economics; behavioral economics; social preferences; Austrian economics; Friedrich Hayek; evolution; human cooperation; political philosophy; classical liberalism.
Sebastiano Bavetta (Fall 2012)
Pietro Navarra (Fall 2012)
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
312 Claudia Cohen Hall
Interests: Decision theory, game theory, cognitive sciences, development economics.
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