Lauren Hall

Lauren Hall

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

Lauren Hall is associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her recent book, Family and the Politics of Moderation, came out with Baylor University Press in April 2014 and she edited a volume on the political philosophy of French political thinker, Chantal Delsol. She has written extensively on the classical liberal tradition, including articles on Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and Montesquieu. She serves on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Cosmos+Taxis, which publishes on spontaneous orders in the social and political worlds. She serves as the faculty advisor for the RIT College Libertarians. Her current research is on the politics of women and the family in classical liberalism, and she also writes on related areas in evolutionary theory and bioethics.

Blog Posts

The dirty word that gives us our freedom

Competition is often considered a dirty word, with many critics of free market ideas emphasizing the cutthroat competition of Wall Street as an example of how competition brings out the worst in people, encourages us to cut corners, and undermines our altruistic tendencies.

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Why compassionate people should reject Bernie’s single-payer health care plan

The government has been ruining US health care since 1946.

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How Obamacare fails breastfeeding mothers

Without government interference in my insurance plan, where would I be today?

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Why new mothers usually don’t sue doctors who violate their rights

Lawsuits are the only weapons most ordinary people have to protect their rights against powerful institutions.

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Doctors violate American women’s rights in delivery rooms every day.

Violations of consent during childbirth are surprisingly common.

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What to expect when you’re expecting: Lots of weird regulations and obscure laws

Government rules inflict unnecessary and invasive interventions on women giving birth.

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Women work for equality — but these 3 policy ideas don’t

This Women’s History Month, let’s avoid the trap of looking at women’s equality as a problem that only politicians can solve.

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Remembering the forgotten women, victims of government

in honor of Women’s History Month, I want to highlight three stories of women you probably have never heard of — victims of government.

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Constitutional crisis or the Constitution at work?

We’re seeing the Constitution raise its craggy head and shake itself awake after having been essentially shoved in a corner to nap for the last few decades.

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Privilege, Risk, and Harm

Trump’s victory has triggered a spate of post-hoc analysis about what went wrong. One of the major narratives to take root is that Trump’s win was fueled by a rejection of PC culture and identity politics broadly.

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The Fatal Conceit of Youthful Idealism

The real world is a complex, messy, and difficult place and helping those who need it the most requires not just good intentions, but careful planning, advice from those who came before, and, most importantly, strict attention to the wishes and needs of the people themselves, since they are the ones who understand, more than anyone, what they truly need.

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Choice and Change: How to Close the Gender Gap

What holds women back from achieving the same level and consistency of success in the workplace as men? Discrimination, culture, and access to education are all factors which need to…

Bridging the Gender Gap: The Problems with Parental Leave

While it sounds good on paper, mandated maternity leave doesn’t always achieve what it’s created for. Even mandating paternity leave has its own complications. The truth is that, while women…