Political Theory Workshop

Fall 2017
F 12-3:15
141 Boalt
Course Description

This course is a workshop for discussing work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The central aim is to enable students to engage directly with philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions. Another aim is to create a space that brings together people from different disciplines and perspectives — including economists, sociologists, and political scientists as well as journalists — who have strong normative interests or who speak to issues philosophers and theorists should know something about. In Fall 2017, the workshop will focus on “borders, citizenship, and immigration.” A list of confirmed presenters is below.


The format of the course will be as follows. For the sessions with guest presenters, lunch will be served starting at 12:00. We’ll begin at 12:15. A designated commentator will lead off with a 15-minute comment on the presenter’s paper. The presenter will have 5-10 minutes to respond and then we will open up the discussion to the group. The first part of the course will be open to non-enrolled students and faculty who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. We’ll stop for a break at 1:45 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest presenter from 2:00 to 3:00.

This is a room-shared course. Students may enroll through the Law School (Law 210.2), Philosophy Department (Philosophy 290), or the Political Science Department (PS 211). The first class will meet on Friday, August 25. (Course follows Law School Calendar --

Co-taught by Joshua Cohen and Professor Sarah Song
The course is cross-listed with the Philosophy Department and the Law School.


8/25        Intro meeting (for enrolled students only)


9/1          Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development

9/8          Joseph Carens, University of Toronto Political Science 

9/15        Annie Stilz, Princeton Politics

9/22        Kamal Sadiq, U.C. Irvine Political Science 

9/29        Irene Bloemraad, U.C. Berkeley Sociology


10/6        Sungmoon Kim, University of Hong Kong Political Science

10/13      Katerina Linos, U.C. Berkeley Law

10/20      Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania Political Science 

10/27      David Martin, University of Virginia Law


11/3        Cristina Rodriguez, Yale Law

11/10      Veterans Day – No class

11/17      Leti Volpp, U.C. Berkeley Law 

11/24      Thanksgiving recess – No class


12/1        Reihan Salam, Executive Editor of National Review