Major: Economics | Chinese Studies Minor
Houston Scholars Project:
The West Through Eastern Eyes: Accounts of Roman Provincial Government in Chinese Histories, 100-700 C.E.
Advisor: Dr. Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania and Professor Josh Gonzalez, University of Houston
Majoring in Economics, with a minor in Chinese Studies, Junior Joshua Freed will conduct research in a growing subfield of Political Science – Comparative Political Theory. With the assistance of Dr. Victor Mair, a preeminent Sinologist and Professor of Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania, Joshua will examine the application of Western-oriented political theory – specifically accounts of Roman provincial government - through the lens of Chinese histories, including literature and art. This project is a unique blend of Joshua’s minor in Chinese studies and his interests within the discipline of political philosophy and theory, which range from the classical to the 20th century; specifically American Political Thought and Classical Political Thought (with particular emphasis on Jefferson’s understanding of natural rights), Cold War politics and rhetoric, and Stoicism.
Future Direction: Upon graduation, Joshua intends to pursue graduate studies toward a Ph.D.