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Sam

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Political Theory (political authority, liberalism, democratic theory, ethics & public policy, digital free speech), American Politics (American political development, federalism, First Amendment issues, disability policy), Philosophy (Kant, Nietzsche, Plato, applied ethics), Archival Research
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Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Recognizing Inequalities in Public Policies

In this project, I’d help my mentee identify laws that affect different demographics unequally, articulate why these inequalities affect important philosophical issues like political obligation, and come up with some potential policy solutions to the problems that they identify. Several scholars in a variety of disciplines have researched this topic. I like this project for a high school student because it provides an opportunity for a student to really dig into a specific policy of their choosing and have a unique project. Example policies include the sales tax, paid family leave mandates for small businesses, and occupational licensing laws.