Emily Skarbek

Welcome! I am an Associate Research Professor of Political Economy in the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and the Director of the PPE Research Workshop at Brown University. Before joining Brown in 2017, I was in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. At KCL I worked with my colleagues to develop new undergraduate degree programs in both political economy and philosophy, politics, and economics. I also served as program director of the masters in political economy.

My research focuses on political economy, public economics, and the history of economic thought. My two streams of scholarship sit within the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics framework. The first examines how civil associations function to produce governance institutions in the absence of state capacity. My second area of work is in the history of economic thought with an focus on the relationship between economics and institutions. My work in this area has benefited from my time as a Fellow at the Center for History of Political Economy at Duke University in 2011-2012.