Our Faculty

The PPE major is supported by a diverse faculty with research and teaching expertise covering a wide range of topics. In addition to those listed below, the PPE major also regularly draws on faculty from the major programmes in Philosophy, Economics, and Global Affairs.

Edward John Driffill (Head of Studies)

Research Areas
Macroeconomics and monetary policy. Professor Driffill has written recently on the effects of quantitative easing in the Euro zone, and theorized about the effects of liquidity crises on employment and incomes. He has written on questions of pressing concern to European economies, such as Banking Union, youth unemployment, labour market reform, migration, and the rise of populism. His research has examined the role of institutions in economic performance, and used game theory to model strategic aspects of economic policy.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry

Elton Chan

Research Areas
Confucianism, comparative political philosophy, ideal and non-ideal theory, republicanism, virtue ethics, liberalism, neutrality and perfectionism.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought
  • Confucian Political Theory

Trisha Craig

Research Areas
Political Institutions, Party Politics, Globalisation
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Teaching Subjects

Sandra Leonie Field

Research Areas
Dr Sandra Field is a political philosopher. Her research investigates conceptions of political power and their implications for democratic theory. She approaches these themes through engagement with texts in the history of philosophy, especially Hobbes and Spinoza.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought I & II
  • Modern Social Thought
  • Contemporary Egalitarianism
  • Democratic Theory
  • The Political Philosophy of Spinoza

Koh Tsin Yen

Research Areas
Professor Koh is a political theorist. She is in the history of political thought, the early histories of utilitarianism and socialism, and the intersection of political theory and political economy. She is currently working on a book about sex, religion and utilitarianism.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought
  • History of Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Theory

Parashar Kulkarni

Research Areas
Dr Kulkarni works in political economy and comparative politics. He is interested in examining how culture – beliefs, norms, and social institutions like family or religion – influences and is influenced by political and economic development. His research is guided by an overriding interest in inequality and human rights. His ongoing research examines how historical variation in property rights affected gender outcomes in South Asia.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Contemporary Political Comedy
  • Culture and Violence
  • Comparative Politics

Nomi Lazar

Research Areas
Professor Nomi Claire Lazar is a political theorist and the author of a variety of books and articles in the areas of political thought, legal theory and public policy. Raised in a politically conscious family in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Professor Lazar has had a lifelong fascination with strategy and political ethics, and with the ways in which institutions and rules interact with individual choices.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Human Rights 
Political Concepts
  • Global Approaches to Crime and Punishment
  • Philosophy and Political Thought II

Terry Nardin

Research Areas
Professor Nardin works in the areas of political philosophy and international relations, with an emphasis on international political and legal theory, the history of political thought, comparative political thought, and contemporary political philosophy. He has written on theories of justice, just war theory, humanitarian intervention, political realism, Kant’s political philosophy, and the philosophy of Michael Oakeshott. His current research is on the history of 20th-century international law and international relations theory in Asia.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought I/II
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • International Political Theory

Steven Oliver

Research Areas
Dr Oliver’s research spans the political science sub-fields of comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on East Asia, specifically on China.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PPE Capstone Seminar

Ben Schupmann

Research Areas
Professor Schupmann was trained as a political theorist. His research focuses on Militant Democracy, Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, State Theory, Liberalism, Populism, Political Extremism, Thoughtlessness, Continental Political and Legal Thought, History of Political Thought, Carl Schmitt. He is currently writing a book that analyzes the legitimacy of responses to populist attacks on liberal democracy.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Markets, Morality, Politics
  • Political Concepts
  • Modern Western Political Thought
  • Contemporary Continental Political Thought
  • Populism
  • Advanced Topics in PPE
  • Modern Social Thought
  • Comparative Social Inquiry

Christina Tarnopolsky

Research Areas
Assoc Prof Tarnopolsky’s current research examines Plato’s engagement with the Athenian genres of satyr-play, tragedy, history, comedy and medicine. She is also working on a manuscript that examines the relationship between Plato’s aesthetic theories and his psychological theories.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought 2
  • Modern Social Thought
  • Ancient Greek Political Philosophy
  • Other electives in Political Theory