Gregory Collins presented the 2020 Novak Award

Gregory Collins and book cover for Edmund Burke's Political Economy
September 30, 2020

In recognition of his outstanding research in the fields of ethics, politics and economics, the Acton Institute will be awarding Gregory Collins the 2020 Novak Award.
Gregory M. Collins is a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale University. His book on Edmund Burke’s economic thought, Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020 and has already garnered significant attention inside and outside the academic community. He has published, or has forthcoming, articles on Burke, Adam Smith, Leo Strauss, Britain’s East India Company, and Frederick Douglass in the Review of Politics, History of Political Thought, American Political Thought, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Slavery & Abolition, and Perspectives on Political Science. His current book project is a comparative study of Burke and the Enlightenment.
The Acton Institute’s director of research, Samuel Gregg, reviewed Collin’s book on Burke earlier this year for Law & Liberty praising its scholarship:

“Refreshingly devoid of ideological agendas, Collins refrains from trying to shove Burke’s economic ideas into contemporary categories. The result is the definitive account of Burke’s economic thought, one which shows how Burke’s political economy displays “an underlying coherence that incorporated elements of prudence, utility, and tradition.””
It is precisely this sort of deep, balanced, and wide ranging scholarship – sensitive to both freedom and virtue – which the Novak Award seeks to recognize.
We congratulate Dr. Collins and look forward to following his work in the future.
Read the full press release here.