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In recognition of Dr. Gregory M. Collins’ outstanding research in the fields of ethics, politics and economics, the Acton Institute will be awarding Dr. Collins the 2020 Novak Award.

Dr. 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. Topics of his recently published or forthcoming articles include Burke, Adam Smith, Leo Strauss, Britain’s East India Company and Frederick Douglass. His current book project is a comparative study of Burke and the Enlightenment.

The Acton Institute’s director of research, Samuel Gregg, reviewed Collins’ book on Burke earlier this year for Law & Liberty, praising its scholarship:

“Refreshingly devoid of ideological agendas, Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economyrefrains 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 – which is sensitive to both freedom and virtue – that the Novak Award seeks to recognize.

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Daniel J. Hugger is librarian and research associate at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He studied history at Hillsdale College and earned a State of Michigan teaching certificate at Calvin College, where he completed a thesis on the role of the imagination in the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. For his work in history at Calvin he was nominated for a Lilly Fellowship. He has taught history, English, and economics at public schools in the Grand Rapids area and has lectured on Lord Acton.