Academic Research Seminars

Do You Want to be Part of Bringing Together the Academic and Policy Worlds?

Our Academic Research Seminars bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds by connecting liberty-advancing scholars to policy research organizations.  IHS Academic Research Seminars offer graduate students and faculty a unique opportunity to collaborate with public policy experts, and to discuss and shape their research on topics where the classical liberal perspective may be underrepresented.

Are You Planning To Attend Academic Conferences This Year?

Our seminars are often attached to academic conferences, spanning a wide range of disciplines, and are held all over the United States. Not only do our seminars provide a platform for collaboration and networking, but we also provide hotel and travel reimbursement that can offset the costs of attending your favorite academic conference.

As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in supporting research and facilitating programs 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. Scholars can visit the pages listed above for more information and to apply directly to their program(s) of interest.

Email us at to learn more or explore potential opportunities for collaboration.

Upcoming Programs


Newport Beach; Corporate Welfare: Who Comes Out on Top?

Corporate Welfare: Who Comes out on Top?

During this full-day research seminar, participants will discuss the various costs and consequences of corporate welfare. A keynote address and three panels will cover tax incentives as a means of rent seeking, firm benefits and which firms suffer from governmental policies, and how lobbying does or does not benefit firms, CEOs, and workers. This event is co-sponsored with the Program in Corporate Welfare at the University of California- Irvine and will be held in Newport Beach, California.

April 2, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV

las vegas, Barriers to Economic Opportunity

Barriers to Economic Opportunity for the Next Generation

During this full-day seminar, participants will discuss economic opportunity as a crucial precursor to economic growth and prosperity in a society. Attendees will explore some of the most pressing barriers to economic opportunity facing the next generation of Americans. Three panels and one keynote address will discuss timely issues in occupational licensing, the future of education, and how public policy interacts with the changing workforce. This event will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss new ideas, explore future research topics, build their own network of scholars and policy experts, and examine potential policy solutions that could help expand economic opportunity for the next generation.

June 25, 2020 in Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Impact and Challenges of Entrepreneurship in America

The focus of this seminar is on the role entrepreneurship plays in economic growth, job creation, and innovation; it’s decline; and possibilities to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit. These topics will be explored during three panels and a keynote address. The program will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss these ideas, examine directions for new research, and build a network of scholars interested in this research area.

Are You Interested in Attending Future Programs?

If you’re interested in attending one of our Academic Research Seminars but don’t see your research area represented, send a copy of your updated CV, and a brief description of your research to us at .

See What You Missed from Our Previous Seminars

Addressing Healthcare Challenges in the United States  Feb. 28-29, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK

Global Monetary Issues in a Low-Interest-Rate World January 2, 2020, in San Diego, CA

Poverty, Institutions, and Economic Development November 22, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Measuring Economic Freedom: Utilizing Indices in Your Research August 6, 2019, in Dallas, TX

How Central Planning Affects Communities June 27–28, 2019, in San Francisco, CA

What Makes a Successful City? March 15, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri

Using Novel Data to Examine the Impact of Government Policies March 13, 2019, Louisville, Kentucky

The Federal Reserve and Prospects for Monetary Policy Reform January 3, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

Personal Information: Privacy Rights in the Digital Era January 3, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

The Effects of Occupational Licensing on the American Worker October 8, 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah

State and Local Policy Making and Economies August 28, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts

Reforming Our Institutions July 20–July 21, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois

Embracing a Free-Market Energy Future June 25, 2018, in Vancouver, Canada

The Anti-Economics Trend in Technology Regulation: Lessons for Economists and Legal Scholars June 20, 2018, in Montreal, Canada

Which Institutions Best Support Prosperity in Texas and Beyond? June 1–2, 2018, in Austin, TX