Gerald Gaus Prize for Political Economy

Jerry Gaus

In memory of Gerald Gaus the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science in conjunction with the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom has set up a prize in his honor. The prize will be awarded to PPEL students entering advanced study in the major. Gerald Gaus was the James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science. His books include Justificatory Liberalism, The Order of Public Reason, the Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society and, most recently, he edited Public Reason in Political Philosophy with Piers Norris Turner.

In Memoriam of Gerald Gaus


Applicants must be a Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL) major, must be entering advanced standing, and must have at least a 3.5 GPA.


A prize committee comprising faculty and the Head of the Political Economy and Moral Science Department will review and select winners.  They will evaluate GPA, performance in PPEL Gateway courses, and potential in the major.


The amount of the award and the number of awards will depend on available funds. If there is no eligible applicant for one full academic year based on the eligibility criteria, the Payout may be directed to general scholarships for students in Political Economy and Moral Science Department programs.