PhD, University of Pennsylvania (expected 2020)

MPhil, University of Cambridge

BA, MPP, George Washington University

Research Interests

Political philosophy

Philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE)

The political economy of corruption


Chatham House (December 2015 - present) (London/Abuja)

Project Consultant in the Africa Programme at Chatham House

University of Pennsylvania (August 2014 - present) (Philadelphia)

Sole Instructor: Business Ethics

TA: The Social Contract, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Social Science

Consultant at Penn Social Norms Group (PennSoNG)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (September 2011 - September 2013) (DC)

Program Analyst in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) System Privacy Division (SPD) & Information Management Division (IMD)

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq (May 2009 - August 2009)

Aid to Second Secretary (Mays Sabri)

Publications (academic)

Kovaka, K., Santana, C., Patel, R., Akçay, E., Weisberg, M. (2016). “Agriculture increases individual fitness.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39.

Santana, C., Patel, R., Chang, S., & Weisberg, M. (2016). “When is the spread of a cultural trait due to cultural group selection? The case of religious syncretism.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences39.

Publications (other)

Raj Patel (2015). Navigating the Murky Waters of CyberspaceHomeland Security Today, March 2015. For a browser friendly version, click here

Presentations (selected)

Raj Patel (March 2018) "There are rules and there are rules: Neo-institutionalism and the foundations of corruption" Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) CA Regional Graduate Conference, Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA)

Raj Patel (July 2017) Commentary on Chaim Gans's “Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Rights, and Unequal Citizenship” Frankfurt Summer Academy on Global Justice (Frankfurt, Germany). Find a copy of the comments here

Raj Patel (July 2017) “Corruption as a Collective Action Problem” at the invitation of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (Office of Africa and Middle East), US Department of State (Washington, DC)

Leena Hoffman & Raj Patel (May 2017) “Collective Action in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions” at the invitation of the British High Commissioner, His Excellency Paul Arkwright CMG, British High Commission Abuja (Abuja, Nigeria)

Raj Patel (January 2017) “Anti-Corruption Strategies: A Social Norms Approach” Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group (American Society for International Law) 2017 Winter Conference, University of Miami School of Business Administration (Miami, FL)  

Raj Patel (September 2015) “The natural and the social in the metrics of justice” Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA) 2015 Annual Conference, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) [Winner of 2015 Wiebke Kuklys prize]

Raj Patel (August 2015) “The natural and the social in the metrics of justice” Moral and Political Philosophy Research Seminar, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)

Raj Patel (March 2015) “Why privacy is not enough: Big Data and predictive analytics” Seventh Workshop in the Philosophy of Information, University College London (London, UK)

Raj Patel (May 2014) “Neuroprediction and the law” Darwin Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) 

Raj Patel (November 2013) “Ontic structural realism and economics: the unwanted gift” Philosophy Workshop, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)


Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship, 2018

Frankfurt Summer Academy on Global Justice Scholarship, (Goethe-Universität), 2017

Adam Smith Fellowship, (George Mason University), 2016 - 2017

Wiebke Kuklys Prize, (Human Development and Capabilities Association), 2015

George W.M. Bacon Fellowship, (University of Pennsylvania), 2014 - 2015 

Human Development and Capabilities Association Scholarship, (Human Development and Capabilities Association; declined), 2015

President Gutmann Leadership Award, (University of Pennsylvania), 2015

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, (University of Pennsylvania), 2014 - 2019

Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) Summer School in Economics and Philosophy Bursary, (Durham University), 2014

The Gauss Prize for Excellence in Philosophy, (George Washington University), 2011