IHS Academic

Jeanne Hoffman interviews Dr. Phil Magness about being an adjunct professor and how to get the most out of this often denigrated experience.  Dr. Magness is an adjunct professor at American University, where he teaches Public Administration, and Research Coordinator at the Institute for Humane Studies.

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Brad Birzer about his career, his involvement with IHS and teaching at a small liberal arts college.  Dr. Birzer is the Russell Amus Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, a fellow at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and a senior fellow at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Direct download: BBirzer.mp3
Category:Jeanne Hoffman, Brad Birzer, Kosmos, IHS, higher ed, Hillsdale -- posted at: 8:56am EST


Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Nikolai Wenzel, the Wallace and Marion Reemelin Chair in Free-Market Economics and an assistant professor of economics at Hillsdale College, about time management and setting priorities in grad school.

Direct download: NWenzel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks to Josh Blackman about using social media effectively as an academic.  Blackman is a law clerk for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson, US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, a teaching fellow at Pennsylvania State University Dickenson School of Law, and President of the Harlan Institute

Direct download: JBlackman.mp3
Category:IHS, Kosmos, Josh Blackman, social media, law -- posted at: 9:41am EST

Today’s interview is part of our Classroom in a Box feature on Kosmos. This resource highlights liberty-advancing courses being taught around the country and publishes everything you need to replicate the course at your school in one place.


Jeanne Hoffman talks with Ryan Hanley about his course, ‘Political Philosophy of Capitalism.”  Dr. Hanley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University and is current President of the International Adam Smith Society.

Direct download: RHanley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Steve Davies, Program Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies and Education Director at the Institute for Economic Affairs in London, about giving TV and radio interviews as an academic.

Direct download: SDavies_TVandRadio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Colin Dueck, Associate Professor in George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs and member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies

Direct download: CDueck.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Todd Zywicki, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, and senior scholar at the Mercatus Center, about his research and other works, including two new books on consumer credit.

Direct download: TZywicki_research.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am EST

I’m pleased to announce a new feature on Kosmos: Classroom in a Box! This resource will highlight liberty-advancing courses being taught around the country and give you access to everything needed to replicate a similar course – syllabi, readings, instructor interviews and more.


Our very first Classroom in a Box course is “Freedom and Markets: The Clash of Economic Ideas,” taught by Dr. Bruce Caldwell</A> at Duke University.   Dr. Caldwell is Research Professor of Economics at Duke University and the director of the Center for the History of Political Economy.

Direct download: BCaldwell_FreedomandMarkets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Tom Bell, professor of law at Chapman University School of Law. Professor Bell specializes in high tech legal issues, and has written a variety of papers on intellectual property and Internet law, and has taught at several IHS Summer Seminars.

Direct download: TBell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23am EST

Chris Martin interviews Dr. Steven Horwitz, Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in New York, about becoming a great teacher.  Steve talks about his own evolution as an economics professor and shares tips highly useful for new and experienced teachers alike. For your reference, the two books Steve mentions in the conversation are:


Finkel, Donald L. 2000. Teaching with your mouth shut. Boynton/Cook Publishers, March.   


Garnett, Robert F. 2008. Hayek and liberal pedagogy. The Review of Austrian Economics 22, no. 4 (9): 315-331.


Also, don’t adjust your dial! The phone connection for this podcast was a little scratchy.  The conversation remains understandable throughout, however, and Dr. Horwitz’s insights are well worth it.

Direct download: SHorwitz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Sasha Volokh about his introduction to classical liberal ideas,his current work and how he  met his wife (at an IHS event!). Dr. Volokh is an Assistant Professor at Emory Law School and an adjunct scholar at the Reason Public Policy Institute.

Direct download: SVolokh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with David Bernstein about his forthcoming book, “Rehabilitating Lochner.” Professor Bernstein is Foundation Professor at the George Mason School of Law where he has been teaching since 1995. He is an expert on the "Lochner era" of American constitutional jurisprudence. In addition to "Rehabilitating Lochner," he is the author of "Only One Place of Redress: African-Americans, Labor Regulations, and the Courts from Reconstruction to the New Deal" (Duke 2001), Professor Berstein is also a contributor to the popular Volokh Conspiracy blo

Direct download: DBernstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. In this first of two segments Professor Zywicki talks about his introduction to classical liberal ideas, his career, advice for aspiring academics and the future of academia.

Direct download: Zywicki_profile.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Joseph Martino about his new book, "Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer."  Dr. Martino is a retired Air Force Colonel. He served in Thailand where he conducted research on counterinsurgency. He later was Chairman of the Counterinsurgency Working Group of the Military Operations Research Society. He teaches a course in Just War Doctrine at Yorktown University. He holds degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.

Direct download: JMartino.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman interviews Bruce Benson about is new book, "“Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-examined.” Dr. Benson is a Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, the DeVoe Moore Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and Contributing Editor of The Independent Review.

Direct download: BBenson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Jacob Levy about his introduction to classical liberal ideas and academia, his career and advice for aspiring academics.  Dr. Levy is the Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory at McGill University.

Direct download: JLevy_profile.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am EST

Ross Emmett talks about his recently published book, “The Elgar Companion to the Chicago School of Economics.” Dr. Emmett is a Professor of Political Economy and Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy at Michigan State University and the co-director of the Michigan Center for Innovation and Economic Prosperity.

Direct download: REmmett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EST


Dr. Robert Saldin, a Robert Wood Johnson scholar at Harvard University and an assistant professor of political science at the University of Montana, talks about his new book "War, the American State, and Politics Since 1898."

Direct download: RSaldin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EST


Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Isaac DiIanni, assistant professor of economics at Northeastern State University, about an economic freedom focused study abroad program he led in the spring of 2010 to Beijing and Hong Kong.

Direct download: IDiIanni.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Jacob Levy talks about making the most of academic conferences. Dr. Levy is the Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory at McGill University.

Direct download: JLevy_conferences.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Dr. Phil Magness, adjunct professor at American University and Research Coordinator at the Institute for Humane Studies, talks about his forthcoming book, "Colonization After Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln’s Emigration Programs for Emancipated Slaves."

Direct download: PMagness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am EST

George Vanberg, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks about his introduction to classical liberal ideas, his career path and gives adivce for aspiring academics.

Direct download: GVanberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Milton Mueller, Professor as the School of Information Studies atSyracuse University, about his new book, "Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance."

Direct download: MuellerOriginal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman interviews, Edward J. Lopez about his new book, "The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions." 

From the publisher:

The Pursuit of Justice is a thoroughgoing analysis of the bureaucratization and politicization of the U.S. legal system and how the law works in practice rather than in theory. The book looks specifically at how decision makers in the law—judges, lawyers, juries, police, forensic experts, and more—respond to economic incentive structures. Faulty incentives lie at the heart of numerous failures of the U.S. legal system, but rather than the romanticized version of the law as portrayed in television dramas and in much academic research, the authors portrays the legal system as it actually performs in practice

Direct download: ed_lopez_interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Dr. Bill Glod, program officer with the Institute for Humane Studies, gives advice on attending graduate school In the second of three podcasts, Dr. Glod talks about finishing coursework, beginning your dissertation and submitting work to journals and conferences.

Direct download: KosmosPodcast_Glod2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman interviews Mike Munger, chair of the Political Science department at Duke University.  Dr. Munger talks about his career path, current work, the future of academia and gives advice for aspiring academics.

Direct download: Munger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Dr. Colleen Haight, program officer with the Institute for Humane Studies, talks about having meaningful economic conversations and giving students the necessary tools to make a principled argument for classical liberal ideas.

Direct download: ColleenEcon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19am EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Jerry Brito about following an unconventional career path while still pursuing a career in ideas.  Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and director of its Technology Policy Program. He also serves as adjunct professor of law at GMU and is the author of several blogs. For more information, visit JerryBrito.com

Direct download: JerryBrito.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

Jeanne Hoffman talks with Dr. Bill Glod, program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, about beginning graduate school. Dr. Glod talks about what it's like to start a graduate program and gives adivce for those first few years.  This is part one of three.

Direct download: BillNo1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

KosmosOnline Pocast for August 30, 2010: Dr. Colleen Haight on Academic Entrepreneurship

Jeanne Hoffman from the Institute for Humane Studies interviews Colleen Haight, IHS' newest program officer, about Academic Entrepreneurship.

Direct download: Colleen_AE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

The first KosmosOnline Podcast ever! Jeanne Hoffman from the Institute for Humane Studies interviews Bob McNamara, staff attorney with the Institute for Justice, about some of IJ's recent work, including the McDonald case and bone marrow donations.

Direct download: KosmosCast_08_24_10McNamara.mp3
Category:Law -- posted at: 4:15pm EST