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PEP Talks Research Seminar

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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 Drescher Campus in the Graziadio School/Beckman Management Center, room L1, and meeting from 12:05 pm - 12:50 pm., each gathering will feature:

  • Pepperdine professors and outside academics present their current research
  • Researchers have an opportunity to receive feedback from colleagues and students about their work
  • Students have the opportunity to see current academic work presented as well as be participatory in the academic feedback mechanism
  • Open 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 2019:

Date / Presenter Paper Title / Topic

January 9, 2019:

Levan Efremidze, Graziadio

The Effect of Flat Tax on Income Inequality

January 23, 2019:

Derek Mueller, Law

Weaponizing the Ballot

February 20, 2019:

Julia Norgaard, Seaver

"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Measuring the Value of Voice"

March 6, 2019:

James Prieger, Public Policy

TBD (Regional Entrepreneurship or Illicit Tobacco Markets)

March 20 2019:

Garrett Pendergraft, Seaver


April 3, 2019:

Sean Jasso, Graziadio

China-U.S. Trade