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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 290, and meeting on Wednesdays 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 openness to all inquiring and intellectually curious minds
  • Donuts

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

Upcoming Dates, Spring 2022:

Date Presenter Paper Title / Topic

February 2, 2022

Luisa Blanco (Public Policy)

mivacunaLA: A mobile phone delivered intervention to improve COVID-19 vaccine behaviors among Latino families in Los Angeles

February 16, 2022

Garrett Pendergraft (Seaver)

A Game-Theoretic Approach to Business Ethics

March 2, 2022

Jozefina Kalaj (Graziadio)

Rainfall anomalies and children’s health outcomes in semi-arid Senegal
March 16, 2022

Andrew Yuengert (Seaver)

Varieties of Virtue in Economics

March 30, 2022

Julia Norgaard (Seaver)


April 6, 2022

Sean Jasso (Graziadio)


April 20, 2022

Brandon Parsons (Graziadio)

Ethnic fractionalization, ethnic tension, and income inequality


Past Schedules