Brianne Wolf

Brianne Wolf

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Director of the Political Economy Program

Dr. Brianne Wolf earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  At Ashland, Dr. Wolf teaches courses in political economy, such as “The Political Economy of a Free Society” and “The Welfare State and Beyond.” She has published articles on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, and F.A. Hayek. Dr. Wolf’s research and teaching reflect on questions about the interaction between economics and politics, liberalism, and moral judgment. Each theme relates to her central concern as a scholar: understanding the proper relationship between the individual and society.


Gregory McBrayer

Gregory McBrayer

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University and Director of the Core Curriculum

Dr. Gregory McBrayer received his M.A. from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College. He has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Kentron: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Antique, as well as reviews in InterpretationThe Journal for Hellenic StudiesThe American Journal of Islamic Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly.  He is author (with Mary Nichols and Denise Schaeffer) of Plato’s Euthydemus (Focus, 2011) and is the editor of Xenophon: The Shorter Writings (Cornell, forthcoming).

About the Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy

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The Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in the relationship that exists between economics and good government.

We often discuss the Founding Fathers’ plan for government in America, but what plans did they make for America’s economic future? How were their economic plans related to the form of government they chose and vice versa? In this academy, we will explore these questions in light of two important works published in 1776: the Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

The Academy meets for five days (July 20-24, 2020) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio immersing participants in a study of the biggest economic challenges that faced our young Republic through a discussion-based curriculum based on a deep analysis of primary sources.