Current Program

12thAnnual Graduate Conference
in Political Theory 

Venue: Marx Hall 301 

Friday, April 12, 2019

9:00am – 9:30am
Breakfast & Welcome from organizers

9:30am - 10:50am
“The Value of Choice Under Social Norms” (Elsa Kugelberg, LSE)
Chair: Charles Beitz| Discussant: Shuk-Ying Chan

11:00am – 12:20pm
“The Constant Companion of Virtue: Kantian Honor and Its Implications for the Fight Against Disrespect” (Antong Liu, Duke University)
Chair: Alan Patten | Discussant: Peter Giraudo

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:50pm
“Partnership: Private Law and Political Theory in Rabbinic Laws of Neighbors” (Benjamin Schvarcz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Chair: Melissa Lane | Discussant: Sonny Kim

3:00pm – 4:30pm
Keynote Address: “Property-Owning Democracy and the Limited State: John Rawls and Postwar Politics” (Katrina Forrester, Harvard University)
Chair: Jade Ngo

Abstract: This paper explores the political origins of John Rawls's liberal theory. It situates his early unpublished writings about the nature of society and the state within debates in postwar America about the limits of state intervention. In doing so, it recasts our understanding of Rawls’s vision of property-owning democracy, by showing its ties to his account of the limited state. This has broader implications for imagining alternatives to the welfare state, for understanding the place of the state in liberal egalitarianism, and for writing the history of twentieth-century liberal thought.

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Dinner for participants and invited guests

Saturday, April 13, 2019

9:00am – 9:30am

9:30am – 10:50am
"What is Political Imagination?" (Avshalom Schwartz, Stanford University)
Chair: Gregory Conti | Discussant: Jade Ngo

11:00am – 12:20pm
“Parsing the Meaning of Legislative Assemblies” (Arina Cocoru, NYU)
Chair: Gregory Conti | Discussant: Théophile Deslauriers

12:20pm – 1:20pm 

1:30pm – 2:50pm 
“Countering White Revanchism: Whitman and the Dilemmas of Social Criticism” (Lisa Gilson, Cambridge University)
Chair: Anuja Bose | Discussant: Dongxian Jiang

For questions about the conference please contact Théophile Deslauriers ( or Jade Ngo (

This conference is generously sponsored by the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Politics, Princeton University.