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Lauren Hall

Associate Dean

Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts

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Lauren Hall

Associate Dean

Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts


BA, State University of New York at Binghamton; MA, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University


Lauren Hall is professor and associate dean of Academic Affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Liberal Arts. She is the author of The Medicalization of Birth and Death (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) and Family and the Politics of Moderation (Baylor University Press, 2014) and the co-editor of 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. Her current research is on the moral and political implications of healthcare regulations as well as issues relating to gender and the family. 


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Invited Paper
Hall, Lauren and Steve Horwitz. "Midwifery Licensing: Medicalization of Birth and Special Interests." Mercatus Center. (2021). Web.
Hall, Lauren. "A Not-Quite-Realistic Turn: A Burkean Reply and A Rights-Based Alternative." Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies. (2021). Web.
Book Chapter
Hall, Lauren. "Nature, Second Nature, and Supernature: Death and Consolation in the Thought of Edmund Burke." Political Theory of Death and Dying. New York, NY: Routledge, 2021. NA. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Burke’s Liberalism: Prejudice, Habit, and Affections and the Remaking of the Social Contract." Reclaiming Liberalism. New York, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019. 100-130. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "“The Ninth Amendment and Substantive Due Process: Sterilization, Reproductive Rights, and the Path "‹Not Taken.”." American Constitutionalism, Marriage, and the Family: Obergefell v. Hodges "‹and U.S. v. Windsor in Context. Ed. Patrick Cain and David Ramsey, eds.. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. 5-100. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Two Invisible Hands: Family, Markets, and the Adam Smith Problem"." Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 240-253. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "John Locke, Charles Darwin, and the Social Individualism of Virtue." The Science of Modern Virtue. Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. 128-143. Print.
Journal Paper
Hall, Lauren K. and Randy Hebert, MD. "“Palliative Care and the Tragedy of the Commons”." Journal of Palliative Care March 5, 2020, online. (2020): N/A. Web.
Hall, Lauren K. "Guiding the Invisible Hand: Spontaneous Orders and the Problem of Character"." Cosmos+Taxis 2. 1 (2014): 34-44. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Political Graveyards: The Political Significance of Burial and Remembrance." Society 48. 4 (2011): 316-322. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Rights and the Heart: Emotions and Rights Claims in the Political Theory of Edmund Burke." Review of Politics 73. (2011): 1-23. Print.
Full Length Book
Hall, Lauren K. The Medicalization of Birth and Death. 1 ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. Family and the Politics of Moderation: Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. and Paul Seaton. Lucid Mind, Intrepid Spirit: Essays on the Thought of Chantal Delsol. 1st ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. Print.

Currently Teaching

0 Credits
Co-op in a field related to Liberal Arts (at least 80 hours). Students will apply the accumulated knowledge, theory, and methods of the discipline to problem solving outside of the classroom.
3 Credits
This course examines the way in which new technologies challenge and provide alternatives to traditional political structures and functions. The course discusses the moral status of the state through the lens of anarchic political thought, with an emphasis on the concept of consent. Themes of anarchic thought are then discussed in light of how new technologies decentralize power and challenge traditional state goals, such as regulation or state secrecy. Technologies to be discussed include social media platforms and nongovernmental, digital currency, as well as decentralized energy sources like solar and wind. The ethical and moral implications of these new technologies, the harms and benefits they present, and their use as challenges to the moral status of the state are all central themes.
0 Credits
The purpose of the Experiential Learning: Political Science option is to give students first hand experience in an appropriate organization or study abroad program that meets the needs of the student's career objectives. Students are closely supervised at the host organization, developing their pre-professional skills while learning the organizations programs, agenda and methods.
3 Credits
This seminar provides an opportunity to study in-depth any theme, problem or work within the discipline of political science, for example the foundations of self-government, foreign policy, international law and organizations, and the fundamental problems of international relations. Course content will be determined in consultation with the instructor. Teams of students will write a substantial paper on a topic related to the general themes of the seminar.

In the News

  • September 22, 2023

    a group of particiapnts touring the new SHED

    RIT hosted colloquium examines ethical and social issues of emerging technology

    Earlier this month, an interdisciplinary group of RIT alumni, academics, researchers, and public policy professionals met to discuss ethical and social issues related to emerging technology and its application during a day-long session sponsored and organized by The Liberty Fund and directed by RIT’s College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean Lauren Hall, Ph.D.

  • February 1, 2023

    a group of people posing for a photo on the steps of a building in Kosovo.

    International programs enhance education

    Programs with RIT’s international campuses are helping to make well-rounded students. Six new scholarships being piloted this year will allow students from RIT’s main campus to travel to RIT Kosovo to explore the origin and resolution of armed conflict, reconstruction, and institution building at the end of wars.