Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows for the Study of Liberalism and a Free Society are faculty with ongoing scholarly work that advances the principles of the good society. Senior Fellows convene regularly to discuss challenges to the liberal ideal within and beyond the academy.


Sarah BurnsSarah Burns is associate professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a fellow at the Quincy Institute. Her research examines the process of constitutional design in the United States using Montesquieu’s understanding of the separation of powers. In her book, The Politics of War Powers, she demonstrates how the Constitution purposely locks the president and legislature in a battle for control over military affairs.

Chris CoyneChristopher Coyne is professor of economics at George Mason University and associate director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He has published numerous books, most recently, Defense, Peace, and War Economics. Coyne serves as co-editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, co-editor of The Independent Review, and book review editor of Public Choice.

Aurelian CraiutuAurelian Craiutu is professor of political science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Craiutu’s research interests include French political and social thought, political ideologies, and theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation. He is the author and editor of several books on modern political thought, including his most recent book, Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes.

Lauren HallLauren Hall is associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Hall’s current research is on the politics of women and the family in classical liberalism, and she also writes on related areas in evolutionary theory and bioethics. She is the author of The Medicalization of Birth and Death and Family and the Politics of Moderation.

Peter JaworskiPeter Jaworski is associate teaching professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a senior fellow with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, and a director of the Institute for Liberal Studies. Specializing in ethics, and social and political philosophy, Jaworski’s books include Markets Without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests

Jacob LevyJacob Levy is professor of political theory and professor of political science at McGill University and a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center. Levy’s research interests include federalism, constitutionalism, freedom of association, Montesquieu, the history of liberal thought, and the rights of ethnic and cultural minorities. He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear and Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom.

Fabio RojasFabio Rojas is professor of sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Rojas’s main research interest is organizational analysis and its intersections with political sociology. His book, From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline, uses data from the black studies movement to show how social movements generate lasting organizational change. 

Virgil StorrVirgil Storr is associate professor of economics at George Mason University and vice president of academic and student programs at the Mercatus Center. Storr’s research focuses on the social and moral aspects of markets, the challenges of community recovery after disasters, how culture affects economic activity, and the social and economic history of the Bahamas. He is the author of several books, most recently Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals? with Ginny Seung Choi.   

Brandon TurnerBrandon Turner is associate professor of political science at Clemson University. Turner’s research interests include the history of modern political thought, particularly British liberal thought, as well as theories of republicanism.

Kevin VallierKevin Vallier is associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University. Vallier’s research interests lie primarily in political philosophy, ethics, philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE), and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation and Must Politics Be War? In Defense of Public Reason Liberalism.

Bart WilsonBart Wilson is the chair in economics and law at Chapman University and director of the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. Wilson’s research uses experimental economics to explore the foundations of exchange and specialization and the origins of property. In 2019 he co-authored with Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith the book Humanomics: Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations for the Twenty-First Century.