Three New Faculty Members Appointed

The Department of Political Economy and Moral Science is delighted to announce three new faculty as of the Fall of 2019.


Justin Bruner works in political philosophy and the philosophy of science.  He is currently thinking about the emergence of conventions and discriminatory norms, the social structure of science and the role of experimental methods in economics and philosophy.  Prior to Arizona he worked at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the Australian National University.  He received his PhD (Logic and the Philosophy of Science) from UC Irvine in 2014.


Vlad Tarko is originally from Bucharest, Romania. He experienced the worst years of communism as a child and inadvertently found himself in the middle of the revolution at 9 years old. Vlad then witnessed the mess of the social, economic and political transition, which, despite its apparent chaos, led to extraordinary rapid growth in places like Bucharest, while many other places in the country have remained far behind. He  also watched in horror the nightmare happening next door in Yugoslavia. These events have marked his thinking in many ways and are reflected in his research focus on understanding the institutions responsible for growth, inequality and conflict. Vlad decided to leave Romania in 2011 and came to United States where he received a PhD in Economics from George Mason University.


Peter Vanderschraaf revived his PhD from the University of California Irvine (Logic and Philosophy of Science), and comes to Arizona from the University of California Merced. Peter works on conventions, social contracts, natural law and game theory.

Published Date: 

07/04/2019 - 1:37am