For the past six years, Isaac Martin, Monica Prasad, and Ajay Mehrotra have worked tirelessly to promote interest in “fiscal sociology” (the historical and sociological study of public finances, especially taxes). In addition to producing a great reader and publishing fantastic books on various aspects of the topic, they have also organized a one-day workshop each year for graduate students interested in fiscal sociology. As usual, the workshop will be held the day before SSHA (this year in Baltimore on November 11th), with a slightly different cast of instructors. Below is the full call for participants and details. Note that participation is (partially) funded, so it’s a great way for graduate students to get an introduction to SSHA.
7th Annual Graduate Student Workshop on
The History and Politics of Public Finance
In recent years, scholars from a variety of disciplines have embarked on an innovative wave of multidisciplinary research on the social, political, and historical sources and consequences of taxation. We invite interested graduate students from history, law, public policy, and the social sciences to participate in a one-day workshop on this “new fiscal sociology.” In addition to brief lectures introducing students to the basics of taxation and the comparative history of taxation, the workshop will consist of discussion of classic and contemporary texts.
The graduate student workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA). Interested students will also have a chance to present their own work on Thursday, November 12th, as part of the SSHA conference.
Space is limited. Small housing and travel stipends will be provided for a limited number of applicants under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Applicants should submit a CV and a paragraph explaining their interest in this workshop, and (if applicable) a draft of a research paper that they would be willing to present at the SSHA. Preference will be given to students who also submit conference papers, but we encourage applications from all students interested in the workshop, including those at early stages of their graduate career.
Submit materials via e-mail to:
Isaac Martin, Department of Sociology, University of California – San Diego (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Ajay K. Mehrotra, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University – Bloomington (email@example.com); and
Lucy Barnes, Politics and International Relations, University of Kent
(L.C.Barnes@kent.ac.uk) no later than February 28, 2015.