Friday, January 30, 2015

A Graduate Student Workshop on The History and Politics of Public Finance

[We have the following announcement for the “7th Annual Graduate Student Workshop on The History and Politics of Public Finance.”]

In recent years, scholars from a variety of disciplines have embarked on an innovative wave of multidisciplinary research on the social, political, and historical sources and consequences of taxation. We invite interested graduate students from history, law, public policy, and the social sciences to participate in a one-day workshop on this "new fiscal sociology." In addition to brief lectures introducing students to the basics of taxation and the comparative history of taxation, the workshop will consist of discussion of classic and contemporary texts.

The graduate student workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA). Interested students will also have a chance to present their own work on Thursday, November 12th, as part of the SSHA conference.

Space is limited. Small housing and travel stipends will be provided for a limited number of applicants under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Applicants should submit a CV and a paragraph explaining their interest in this workshop, and (if applicable) a draft of a research paper that they would be willing to present at the SSHA. Preference will be given to students who also submit conference papers, but we encourage applications from all students interested in the workshop, including those at early stages of their graduate career.

Submit materials via e-mail to [each of the following, no later than February 28, 2015]:
Isaac Martin, Department of Sociology, University of California - San Diego ( )
Ajay K. Mehrotra, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University-Bloomington (;
Lucy Barnes, Politics and International Relations, University of Kent