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PEP Talks Research Seminar

PPE Tradition

Launched in the fall of 2018, Pepperdine's PEP Talks Research Seminar is rooted in the PPE tradition that started in the 1920s at Oxford University. Rooted in a gathering of faculty and students, the tradition calls for an interdisciplinary exploration between the fields of philosophy, economics, and political science (PEP) . This type of program is centered around the view that, in order to understand social phenomena, it is prudent to employ several analytical frameworks and various disciplinary methods.

Located on the Malibu Seaver Campus in the Appleby Center, room AC 286, and meeting from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm., each gathering will feature:

  • Pepperdine professors and outside academics presenting their current research
  • Researchers having an opportunity to receive feedback from colleagues and students about their work
  • Students having the opportunity to see current academic work presented as well as be participatory in the academic feedback mechanism
  • An openess to all inquiring and intellectually curious minds
  • Coffee and donuts

If you are interested in presenting your current research at an upcoming meeting, please contact Julia Norgaard.

Upcoming Dates, Spring 2020:

Date Presenter Paper Title / Topic

January 21, 2020:

James Prieger (SPP)

The Impact of Broadband and Other Infrastructure on Entrepreneurship

February 4, 2020

Elizabeth Olson (Graziadio)

The Impact of Environmental Justice Issues on Education Outcomes

February 12, 2020
12-1:30 pm
Room TBD

Paul Leonardi (UCSB)

*Research Journeys Seminar Series

February 18, 2020

Jared Ashworth (Graziadio)

Teacher Education Decisions and Career Outcomes

February 25, 2020

Julia Norgaard (Seaver)

An Economic Model of Plea Bargaining in Developing Nations

March 3, 2020
12-1:00 pm
Drescher Graduate Campus Auditorium (Room 150)

Barry Nalebuff (Yale Econ)

*Invited to talk to FTMBA Students

March 17, 2020

Luisa Blanco (SPP)


March 24, 2020

Garrett Pendergraft & Cori Persinger (Seaver)

Effective Altruism

March 31, 2020

Sean Jasso (Graziadio)


April 7, 2020

Anna Choi (SPP)


* Not a part of the PEP Talk series but faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Past Schedules