Research Workshops

About Our Research Workshops

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. IHS also sponsors Papers Workshops which 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. Learn more about Papers Workshops here.

Program Format

Manuscript Workshops vary in size and typically include 12-15 scholars for larger workshops and 4-6 for smaller ones. The workshop takes place over 4-6 sessions (They are 75 minutes for online programs, and 90 minutes for in-person programs). Each session covers about 1-3 chapters. At the start of each session, the author will give a brief overview of the chapters to provide context about their goals and areas they’d like to highlight for feedback, and then the floor will be opened for moderated, roundtable discussion using a queue system to be explained at the start of the program.

Participants do not need to prepare a formal presentation but are expected to read the manuscript in its entirety and prepare comments on each section to be shared during the moderated discussion.

Participant honorarium is contingent upon full participation in the workshop. Participants who fail to attend the entire program risk forfeiture of their honorarium unless a prior arrangement has been made. Participants who are unable to attend a workshop in its entirety should email us at to see if an exception can be made.

Participants will receive a PDF copy of the manuscript about two months before the workshop and a physical copy about a month and a half before the workshop.  When commenting on the manuscript, participants are encouraged to provide feedback that helps the author strengthen their arguments, clarifies important points, offers new resources for the author to take into consideration, presents challenges to help the author think about the topic in a new way, and even offers suggestions on publishing if it has not yet been determined.

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

As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in research and programs in the following general categories: Liberalism and Its Critics, Key Challenges within a Free Society, Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, and Liberalism in Times of Crisis. Learn more about the Discourse Initiative here.

IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines.

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.

Understanding Justice

Author: Prof. Greg Robson
“Understanding Justice” examines how knowledge of the principles and demands of justice is generated within a modern liberal democracy. The book focuses on three sources of such knowledge: (i) sociopolitical experimentation with diverse institutions and ways of living; (ii) the development and refinement of sociopolitical tradition; and (iii) the work of theorists of justice. These sources of our knowledge of justice are complexly related but mutually complementary. The main upshot of the book is an argument for the value of upholding functional political traditions within which citizens can engage in extensive social and political experimentation.

The Information Game: Citizens, Police, and the Fight against Criminal Violence

Author: Prof. Andrew Miller
"The Information Game: Citizens, Police, and the Fight against Criminal Violence” explores the challenging problem of promoting police-citizen cooperation in communities with criminal groups. Using original surveys and in-depth interviews, Miller investigates this problem in Baltimore, Maryland and Lagos, Nigeria to develop and test a theory that applies in both developed and developing contexts. Ultimately, the findings provide guidance for community efforts that aim to promote citizen information-sharing with the police while respecting citizens' individual rights.

Democracy Deferred: French Liberalism and The Politics of Suffrage

Author: Prof. Gianna Englert
“Democracy Deferred” traces the concept of “political capacity” (capacité politique) originally championed by nineteenth-century French liberals as an alternative to the discourse of democratic political rights. As a conceptual history, the book examines how liberals mobilized and modified the concept of political capacity to make sense of the progress of democracy, and uncovers an overlooked liberalism post-1848. As a work of political theory, it highlights the persistence of capacity language within rights discourse and intervenes in ongoing debates about the vitality of democracy.

Horizontal Rights: Constitutionalism and the Transformation of the Private Sphere

Author: Prof. Christina Bambrick
“Horizontal Rights” examines our understanding of horizontal effect, moving beyond doctrinal considerations of legal inquiry to show the political consequences of this constitutional phenomenon. In this vein, the manuscript compares and contrasts the constitutional-political histories of the United States, India, Germany, South Africa, and the European Union. Bambrick argues that we better understand the practical and political implications of such horizontal rights by studying them through the lens of republican political theory.

On the Ethics and Politics of Private Censorship

Author: Prof. J.P. Messina
Dr. Messina offers the first book-length philosophical treatment of private censorship. Censorship is often thought exclusively a creature of state, but there is nothing in the concept that rules out that private parties can censor. Indeed, there is good reason to believe that private parties regularly act as censors in troubling ways (sometimes promoting what Mill calls “the tyranny of the prevailing opinion”). As they will often have rights to engage in the kinds of behaviors constitutive of their censorship, the well-studied response to state censorship (prohibition) is not obviously applicable to their case. Considering various contexts in which non-state entities censor, Messina offers moral and political principles for understanding when and by what means they are constrained in exercising their considerable powers to shape democratic discourse.


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