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Raj Patel

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (expected 2020)

MPhil, University of Cambridge 

BA, MPP, George Washington University

I’m a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. I’m also a member of the Department of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), the Penn Social Norms Group (PennSONG), and the Penn Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab).

Before coming to Penn, I received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in 2014. My scholarly area of interest concerns topics at intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics. 

My academic and professional work aims to improve public policy through the appropriate application of science. To that end, I’m currently involved in a joint project with the Chatham House for International Affairs (Africa Programme) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) in London, UK related to anti-corruption measures and social norms. This project involved co-authoring a confidential report for DfID as well as extensive fieldwork all over Nigeria. As a member of the PennSONG, I have been involved as a facilitator in workshops for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (in Seattle), UNICEF (in Philadelphia), and Chatham House (in Abuja).

In the past, I worked at the US Department of Homeland Security and the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C. on issues relating to privacy and security, amongst other things. Some of this work culminated in publications that can be accessed herehere, and here. I also recently worked with the World Bank's Global INsights Initiative (#WB_GINI) related to identifying, measuring and ultimately changing pernicious sanitation, gender and corruption norms.   

Outside of these academic and professional commitments, I am a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (2014 – 2019), the Chair of the Research Council of Penn’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (2016 – 2017), and an Adam Smith Fellow at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University (2016 – 2017). 

Research Interests

Political philosophy

Philosophy, politics, and economics

The political economy of corruption

401 Cohen

Tues 1130-1pm (Spring 2017)

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