Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Program at Northeastern University. This program was launched in the fall of 2015 to enable students who have an interest in politics, economics and philosophy to pursue a course of study that allowed them to engage with the interconnections of the different disciplines. For example, many students are interested in learning about how moral values can be applied to political and economic institutions and policies or about the political and social implications of certain economic policies. The PPE major allows student to not only pursue a course of study in the three disciplines themselves, but also teaches students to make connections across disciplines in order to more deeply understand complex social phenomena, both domestically and internationally.

The PPE major combines classes in all three disciplines and allows students to choose a concentration based on their interests, such as Environmental and Energy Policy, International Political Economy, Law and Justice, or Public and Economic Policy, among others. As with all of Northeastern’s programs, there is a strong component of experiential liberal arts (coops, internships, study abroad, service-learning, and international dialogues) specifically geared towards PPE majors that will introduce students to different kinds of employment, reinforce classroom teaching, and assist in the development and advancement of career goals. PPE courses are taught by faculty members who are engaged in a wide variety of research projects and who are also interested in making connections between different disciplines.

In short, the PPE major is a very exciting new program at Northeastern and I extend a warm welcome to all students, both current majors and those interested in becoming one.

Dr. Serena Parekh
Director of the PPE Program

Department News

“Ukrainegate”: Leaker, Whistleblower, Spy?- Prof. Delmas

“I love WikiLeaks!” declared Donald Trump in October 2016, applauding the organization’s release of a trove of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta’s account. However, since he occupies the Oval Office, President Trump no longer likes whistleblowers. In short order, he instructed the Justice Department to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder…
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Congratulations Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the class of 2019 for all your accomplishments! We are excited to see what the future holds for you all! Congratulations to the first ever Susan Setta and Michael Meyer Department Citizen Awards to Samantha Hirshland and Sam Haas!  

Prof. Delmas was a guest in the latest Hi-Phi Nation episode on Uncivil Disobedience

Uncivil Disobedience: Hi-Phi Nation looks at the disruptive tactics of the animal liberation movement in Australia. In Australia, vegan and animal liberation activism has recently become intense and disruptive, invading farms, restaurants, and city centers. They’re doing everything from rescuing animals to blocking traffic and occupying steakhouses. Some argue that these new activists are needlessly…
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Upcoming Events


PPE Guest Speaker, Erin Pineda

PPE Guest Speaker: Erin Pineda More information to come.


How the Ways People Think about Low-Wage Work Can Further Injustice, Nina Windgätter

Misconceptions abound about low-wage work in the United States. Many people think that it is easy, mindless, and unimportant, and that the workers who fill these jobs..
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William and Mary Conference

Isaac Shur
April 6-7, 2019

On the tail-end of my co-op in the department of philosophy and religion, I got to travel to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia to present a (mostly) finalized version of my paper, ...

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