Research Workshops

About Our Research Workshops

Research Workshops are weekend-long, round-table discussions, bringing together 12-15 scholars in order to provide valuable feedback from a variety of perspectives on a work, or multiple works, in progress. Workshops offer academics the opportunity to advance inquiry on important topics within the classical liberal tradition, strengthen specific research contributions, and form interdisciplinary and inter-generational networks of scholars with whom they can collaborate in the future.

  • Manuscript Workshops provide constructive feedback on a single book manuscript and offer commenters the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to a fellow scholar’s work.
  • On-Campus Manuscript Workshops, an alternate format of Manuscript Workshops, are day-long, round-table discussions hosted on the author’s campus, bringing together 4–6 faculty and late-stage graduate students in order to provide valuable feedback on a work in progress.
  • Papers Workshops bring together authors contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue to workshop their individual contributions as well as identify themes and improve the work as a whole.

Interested In Having Your Work Reviewed?

IHS supports authors throughout their careers with these workshops, including assistance for those who wish to convert a recently defended dissertation into a monograph or articles.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Workshops@TheIHS.org.


As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in Research Workshops in the following general categories:

  • Liberalism and Its Critics, including engagement with and response to critiques from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
  • Key Challenges within a Free Society, such as tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and disruption, and freedom of speech and social cohesion.
  • Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, such as protections for minority rights, the pace of change in an increasingly digital and globalized world, and the cultural requirements of a tolerant and pluralistic society.
  • Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, including negative vs. positive rights, moral obligations within the liberal order, and contested meanings of liberal principles such as justice, equality, and democracy.
  • Liberalism in Times of Crisis, including the proper role of government in a crisis and how to balance competing goals, such as public health and safety, with civil liberties, the rule of law, and economic freedom in an emergency.

IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines, including economics, history, political science, philosophy, PPE, law, literature, business, sociology, psychology, and the visual and performing arts.

IHS also provides financial assistance in the form of research grants. Learn more here.

Upcoming Manuscript Workshops

Upcoming Manuscript Workshops are listed below. Scholars interested in contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue are encouraged to learn more about Papers Workshops with IHS.

Making a Constitution: Montesquieu, the American Founding, and the Challenge of Statesmanship

Author: Zachary German
Prof. German addresses questions of statesmanship and constitutional design through a comparison of the political thought of Montesquieu, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists. This work focuses on the underexplored comparison of how these thinkers view the relationship between institutional design, civic character, social, cultural, and other non-political factors.

From Property, Liberty: Distributism and Price Theory in Conversation

Author: Alex Salter
Salter argues that modern social science has missed the valuable distributist claim from writers like Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton that societies cannot remain politically free unless they are economically secure and independent. In this project, he conducts a ‘rational reconstruction’ of distributism.

A City Cannot Be a Work of Art: Learning Economics and Social Theory from Jane Jacobs

Author: Sandford Ikeda
“A City Cannot be a Work of Art” examines the influence of Jane Jacobs on economics and social theory. In this book, Prof. Ikeda, using the work of Jacobs as the focal point, illuminates why urbanists and economists have important things to learn from each other.

Has the Populist Right Replaced the Left? The Demise of the Center-Left and the Rise of the Populist Right in Eastern Europe

Author: Maria Snegovaya
Dr. Snegovaya lays out the extensive parallels between the populist right backlashes in both Western and Eastern Europe, demonstrating that the rise of East European right-wing populism was the result of the left parties’ implementation of austerity policies.

The Community of Public Reason

Author: Chad Van Schoelandt
“The Community of Public Reason” examines the tensions between liberalism & community, ultimately arguing that liberal institutions provide a framework in which many diverse communities flourish, that many social ideals of community are rightly rejected for society as a whole since they are incompatible with liberalism’s characteristic diversity, and that a polymorphic or multiply realizable ideal of open community is more appropriate for liberal society.

Why It’s OK to Mind Your Own Business

Authors: Brandon Warmke & Justin Tosi
“Why It’s OK to Mind Your Own Business” offers a defense of toleration and minding your own business. Through application of traditional moral philosophy and empirical moral psychology the authors demonstrate the shortfalls of ambitious moral projects. The work puts forward a positive case toward toleration of putative imperfections in others and a Millian argument that norms of modesty about moral intervention promote a social environment friendly to diverse individual ideals.

Natural Property Rights

Author: Dr. Eric Claeys
“Natural Property Rights” introduces a theory of natural rights that relies on an application of the principles of natural law. The book focuses primarily on explaining the basic architecture of a system of property, accomplishing three goals: explaining how natural rights are justified and structured, showing how natural rights apply in law and in practice, and making natural rights seem relevant to contemporary life and thought

Understanding Justice

Author: Dr. Greg Robson
In this book, Prof. Robson argues for a hybrid, Millian-Nozickean view of political liberalism and against Rawlsian views of political liberalism and socialist alternatives. His account focuses specifically on the benefits of political experimentation within a stable constitutional tradition and the value of maintaining robust freedoms of speech and political association. He argues that members of a society with such features are well equipped to learn about the demands of justice and will treat each other more justly both interpersonally and in terms of institutional design.

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