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Ryan Berg

Mr. Ryan Berg

Research topic:
Towards a Distinctly Liberal Conception of Virtue
Degree course:

Academic Profile

A doctoral candidate in Political Theory under the supervision of Professor Mark Philp, I am writing a thesis on liberal conceptions of virtue by examining primarily John Stuart Mills writings on the science of ethology, or character formation. In particular, I am interested in the role of courage in politics and political leadership. My thesis seeks to offer a thicker conception of virtue than that offered by most liberal political theorists. Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I completed an MPhil in Political Theory and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (with Distinction), both from Oxford, as well as a BA magna cum laudein Government and Theology from Georgetown University.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

History of Political Thought (Locke, Hobbes, Mill, Tocqueville, Arendt), Ethics & Normative Political Philosophy, Global Governance and Development

History of Political Thought, Victorian Political Thought, Virtue Ethics, Economic Development, Global Governance, Microfinance, Politics of Latin America


  • Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations Studentship (2013)

  • Santander Bank International Scholar Grant (2013)

  • Oxford Centre for International Study Grant (2013)

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • Open Secrets: How the Pentagon is Adapting to the Era of Open-source Intelligence and WikiLeaks (Manuscript form)
  • Tobacco in the Long Sixteenth Century and its Cultural Shift through Medical Texts.The Tufts Historical Review 6 (2013): 5-22.
  • A Fresh Take on an Old Reliable: Milwaukee and Manufacturing. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report 25.1 (2013), 24 Jan. 2013 .
  • Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance: The Case in Favor of Retention. Utraque Unum 3 (2010): 31-35.