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Houston Scholar: Joshua Freed

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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. 

About Houston Scholars

Supported by the Provost's Office and the Honors College, the Houston Scholars program is designed to bolster students’ academic and professional goals through faculty mentoring, research proposal development, and a semester discussion series led by University of Houston faculty from across the campus. Houston Scholars will also learn about national and international award opportunities, and receive assistance in developing applications for competitive programs.

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