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 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.

Please note the following deadlines to apply and the dates that you can expect to receive a decision. If you have any questions, please contact us at

1. Apply: April 26 | Decision: May 15
2. Apply: July 26 | Decision: Aug 14
3. Apply: Oct 18 |  Decision: Nov 6
4. Apply: Jan 31 |  Decision: Feb 19

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.

Author: Zachary German

Zachary German On-Campus Manuscript Workshop

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

Prof. German addresses questions of statesmanship and constitutional design through a comparison of the political thought of Montesquieu, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists. While the influence of Montesquieu on the American Founding is widely acknowledged, this work focuses on the underexplored comparison of how these thinkers view the relationship between institutional design, the civic character of a people, and various social, cultural, and other non-political factors.

Author: Alex Salter

From Property, Liberty: Distribution and Price Theory

From Property, Liberty: Distributism and Price Theory in Conversation

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.

Author: Sanford Ikeda

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

“A City Cannot be a Work of Art” examines the influence of Jane Jacobs on economics and social theory. Jacobs is well known as a scathing critic of traditional urban planning and an active opponent of various large-scale attempts to rebuild cities. But her contributions to economics and social theory, which are arguably the main focus of most of her writings, have been curiously overlooked. Those contributions overlap and complement the work of F.A. Hayek, Israel Kirzner, and modern “market-process 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.

Author: Maria Snegovaya


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

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. These same policies resulted in their decline, just as they did for the left parties in Western Europe. Furthermore, she uses this examination to develop a coherent and innovative theoretical framework that explains the dynamism of Eastern European right-wing populism.

Author: Chad Van Schoelandt

The Community of Public Reason

“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.

Authors: Brandon Warmke & Justin Tosi

Why It’s OK to Mind Your Own Business

“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.

Author: Dr. Eric Claeys

Property Rights

Natural Property Rights

“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

Author: Dr. Greg Robson

Understanding Justice Workshop

Understanding Justice

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.


See What You Missed from Our Previous Research Workshops

Chad Van Schoelandt Manuscript Workshop March 27–28, 2020 in Washington, DC

Donald Kochan Manuscript Workshop March 27–28, 2020 in Washington, DC


Jordan Cash On-Campus Manuscript Workshop Feb. 29, 2020 in Charlottesville, VA

Kevin Vallier Manuscript Workshop Jan. 31–Feb. 1, 2020 in Arlington, VA