About

Lab Fellow, Harvard University, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, 2011-2013

William English received his PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2010 and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Political Theory Project at Brown University in 2010-11. He is a political theorist with wide ranging interests in Political Economy, Public Policy, and the Philosophy of Social Science. During his fellowship, he will work on a series of empirical studies aimed at better characterizing diverse rationales for distrust in political, financial, and medical institutions. Of particular interest is the degree to which people view problems of corruption as product of bad institutions, bad people, or irreconcilable values. The results will help inform a further set of investigations that examine strategies for eliciting ethical conscientiousness in situations where straightforward incentive design is infeasible. The project will ultimately culminate in a short book on the “architecture of public trust” that will aim to develop a typology of various sources of corruption and suggest the most promising avenues for reform.

Dr. English is also a research collaborator with the Institute for Ethics in Communication and Organizations.

Learn more about my research and recent publications.
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I have a number of interests pertaining to useful ways of extending my academic knowledge to help address concrete problems in the real world. Read more.

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