Postdoctoral Research Associates

  1. Simon Cotton

    Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate


    Location Robertson Hall, 423H

    Simon Cotton specializes in the ethics of economic life and international relations. His current research focuses on how voluntary and mutually beneficial relations, as in a market, might ground special obligations of an egalitarian kind. His long term project is to develop an account of distributive justice that integrates the intuition that global inequality has become a greater concern as globalization has increased. Cotton holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, an M.A. in international relations from the Australian National University, and a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Oxford. He is affiliated with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Woodrow Wilson School.

  2. Francis Dennig

    Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Francis Dennig is an economist working on climate and welfare economics. His research program reevaluates standard tenets of welfare economics in light of the particular demands of climate policy. In particular, he examines the effect of uncertainty on optimal emission abatement policy and the effect of policy on the intergenerational distribution of welfare. Francis holds an M.Phil and D.Phil in economics from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from ETH, Zürich. Dennig is affiliated with the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program in the Woodrow Wilson School.

  3. Jason L. Schwartz

    Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics

    Phone (609) 258-0168

    Fax (609) 258-1285



    Location Room 105, 5 Ivy Lane

    Jason L. Schwartz studies ethical, historical, and policy issues in medicine and public health. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in public health policy, and the structure and function of scientific expert advice to government. His current research examines how policy-makers, regulators, physicians, and patients evaluate and respond to risks associated with pharmaceuticals and other medical technologies. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science and a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an A.B. in classics from Princeton. He is a former staff member for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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