Research by faculty and students alike is a core component of Davidson PPE. Faculty who teach PPE courses and advise PPE students regularly publish their work with leading scholarly journals and book publishers, and they present their work at conferences and workshops around the world.

Faculty Research 

Here are just a few examples of research in the department.

Paul Studtmann and Shyam Gouri Suresh. (2021). “Universalizing and the we: endogenous game theoretic deontology.” Economics & Philosophy 37, 244–259. 

Daniel Layman. (2020). Locke Among the Radicals: Liberty and Property in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Silvana Toska. (2018). “Political Islam in Peace and War: The Case of Yemen.” In Routledge Handbook of Political Islam, ed. Shahram Akbarzadeh. New York: Routledge. 

Senior Research Project

As a center-established major within Davidson’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Davidson PPE requires all majors to complete an independent senior research project. This project may take the form of a one-semester capstone (CIS 495) or a two-semester thesis (CIS 495 and CIS 496). PPE majors must work with their advisor(s) to design a project of appropriate depth, rigor, and originality for either one semester (for a capstone) or two semesters (for a thesis) of research and writing. Only students who complete the thesis are eligible to graduate with honors in the major.

Recent PPE capstone and thesis topics have included economic growth in developing nations, military conscription, freedom and domination within employment relationships, and the case for reparations for slavery, among many others.