Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy and Law. After graduating with honors from Stanford University, he was briefly Karl Popper’s research assistant, and co-edited a biographical volume on FA Hayek. He then went to Harvard to study with John Rawls. At Harvard, he wrote his qualifying thesis on Marx’s theory of history, he taught for Derek Parfit and Michael Sandel, and he wrote his doctoral dissertation on property rights with Robert Nozick and TM Scanlon. He has been a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow and a Visiting Professor at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and a Visiting Professor at the Princeton Department of Politics. He has been the William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor in the Stanford Department of Philosophy, and a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Center on Ethics and Society. He been a Fellow of the Program on Justice and the World Economy at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at The Murphy Institute of Political Economy, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University School of Philosophy.
The Political Theory Workshop offers faculty and other scholars an opportunity to present "in progress" or recently completed work to a diverse audience from political science, philosophy, law, and other social sciences and humanities. Workshop papers come from all areas of political theory, including normative and positive theory, legal theory, and the history of political thought. Papers are circulated ten days before the seminar. Participants are expected to read the paper before the workshop. Each session begins with comments and questions on the paper by a discussant, a brief response from the author, followed by a general discussion.