After receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ron held academic positions at Gustavus Adolphus College, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the University of Toronto before coming to ASU in 2008.
Dr. Ron focuses his research around two central themes: the political dimensions of the history of political economy, and the democratic theory of the public sphere.
In pursuit of the first theme, Dr. Ron is now working on a book manuscript, entitled "The Political in Political Economy: from Thomas Hobbes to John Rawls." In it, he studies the role that the notion of fairness in economic exchange played in the history of liberalism. The book argues that the liberal conception of justice developed as an attempt to apply the kind of moral reasoning that is definitive of economic exchange to other situations that require moral judgment, especially in the realm of politics.
With regard to the democratic theory of the public sphere, Dr. Ron is studying the role of the public in the cognitive division of labor that is required for a social scientific inquiry of social power relations. He is particularly interested in understanding the logic and dynamics of public debates on issues of war and peace.
Among Dr. Ron's recent publications are "Citizens' participation in electoral reforms: The Canadian model and its applicability to Israel politika" in Politika; "Modern natural law meets the market: The case of Adam Smith" in European Journal of Political Theory; and "Power: A pragmatist, deliberative (and radical) view" in Journal of Political Philosophy.
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