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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 in AC (Appleby Center) 263, and meeting from 11:00 am - 12:00 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

Upcoming Dates, Fall 2018:

Date / Presenter Paper Title / Topic

September 5, 2018:

Julia R. Norgaard, PhD

"Overcoming Anonymity: How Internet Black Markets Enable Encrypted and Anonymous Exchange"

September 19, 2018:

Johoo Lee, JD, PhD

"The Entrepreneurial Responsibilities Test"

October 3, 2018:

Paul M. Jones, PhD

"The Asymmetric Effects of U.S. and U.K. Taxes on Revenue: Two Points on the Laffer Curve?"

October 17, 2018:

Jared K. Ashworth, PhD

"Distance and Mismatch in Graduate School Selection"

October 31, 2018:

Anna Choi, PhD

"Transboundary Air Pollution and Health: The Impact of Particulate Matter Concentration on Fetal Deaths"

November 7, 2018 (PLC 163)

Luisa Blanco, PhD


November 14, 2018:

Paul Gift, PhD

"Moving the Needle in MMA: On the Marginal Revenue Product of UFC Fighters"

November 28, 2018:

Felicity Vabulas, PhD


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