Faculty Seminars

Roosevelt House faculty seminars have served as a cornerstone of Hunter’s interdisciplinary public policy research initiatives. These interdisciplinary, semester-long seminars provide a unique forum for Roosevelt House Faculty Associates and other members of the Hunter faculty across a range of disciplines to share and refine their scholarly research.

Spring 2016 Faculty Seminars

Behavioral Economics and Public Policy

These seminars are attended by both faculty members and masters students (as well as a few interested undergrads) and have helped provide exposure to new frontiers in economics research and triggered new research projects within Hunter’s Economics department. One problem with economics is that it remains more insular than it needs to be. This has been changing, in part because behavioral economics, which combines neoclassical economics with experimental psychology and neuroscience, has gained much prominence in recent years. This growing field draws hugely from advances in other investigative traditions, and in turn is better able to express its insights in terms that are accessible to a broader range of social scientists. More recently, several behavioral economists have been weighing in on topics in public policy—the design of banking, poverty alleviation, and education, for example—and in the process demonstrating how psychology channeled through the framework of economics can bring a fresh perspective to ongoing policy debates.

Lead: Karna Basu
Location: RH 304

Labor and Working-Class History

This seminar is an on-going colloquium for a broad academic audience that meets twice each semester. Participants include a core group of Hunter faculty from various disciplines, faculty from other institutions, students and independent researchers. This seminar has fostered a community of scholars committed to both exploring working-class life and labor in the past and considering its significance to contemporary movements and struggles.

Leads: Donna Haverty-Stacke and Eduardo Contreras
Location: RH 204

Mapping Asian American New York

The seminar assembles a core group of scholars from the academies, community experts from city, nonprofit, social welfare and health service agencies, leaders from ethnic and religious associations, as well as writers and journalists, to share their knowledge and perspectives on resources available to study Asian American communities.

Leads: John Chin and Peter Kwong
Location: RH 204

New York Area Political Theory

This seminar focuses on issues of political theory. Invited speakers present previously circulated papers; most of the seminar is devoted to discussion. Political theorists and other faculty with related interests from the major universities in the New York area have been invited.

Leads: John Wallach and Robyn Marasco
Location: RH 304



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