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Call for Papers – First Annual Gerald Gaus Memorial Essay Prize

Call for Papers: Gaus Memorial Essay

Graduate Students are invited to submit original essays for the Gerald Gaus Memorial PPE Essay Prize.

The deadline for submissions was May 1, 2021.

Prize Overview:

Gerald Gaus valued new approaches to PPE and the asking of new (or too long ignored) questions. This prize calls for papers that embrace this spirit. We welcome essays on pretty much any topic as long as they work to make vivid the advantages of combining the tools of philosophy and social science to understand social and political institutions. This may, but need not, be on the primary themes of Gaus’ work: complexity, dynamics, and the justification of shared rules in a diverse society.

The winner of the prize will receive $250, and the opportunity to present their essay at an afternoon session of this year’s Annual Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society Conference. The session will be built around the winning essay, with contributions from two more senior scholars.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be anonymized PDFs. If your submission has any identifying information, you will be asked to resubmit.
  • Essays must be 4000-7500 words (15-25 pages).
  • Essays must have a working title.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
  • You must be a currently active graduate student to submit.


Chair: Ryan Muldoon (University at Buffalo)
Prize Committee: Hélène Landemore (Yale), Alexandra Oprea (Australian National University), John Thrasher (Chapman), Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green), and Chad Van Shoelandt (Tulane)

To submit your paper, please use the form below.

Gerald Gaus Memorial Essay Prize

Please use this form to submit your entry for the Annual Gerald Gaus Memorial Essay Prize! We will notify the winner in mid-summer.

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  • Please include your paper's title here.
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  • Please upload your paper here, and be sure your name is nowhere on the document. All submissions must be anonymized. If we see that your paper has your name or any identifying information on it, we will ask you to resubmit.
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 97 MB.
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