TFAS Hong Kong


The program’s academic goal is to engage students in a rigorous examination of the interplay between government and economics. The challenging coursework will give students the academic background necessary to become influential policymakers, savvy business-people, and global leaders of tomorrow.

The intense academic program includes course components covering the fundamental concepts and theories of political economy as well as an advanced course in political philosophy. The lectures and readings provide philosophical grounding in the principles of economics and government which students can apply in their home countries.

The pace of the program is intense and demanding.  In addition to attending classes and guest lectures, formal and informal extracurricular events are planned to encourage students to share ideas and cultures outside of the traditional classroom setting.

All classes are held on the campus of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), internationally recognized as one of the finest institutes of higher learning in Asia, and upon successful completion of the course students may earn academic credit through George Mason University.

"Few other events within my life have delivered such a potent range of experiences: expanded horizons with an impact on our professional lives, cultural encounters that break down the barriers that partition our globalizing world, socio-political discussions that locate common ground amidst all the discontents of our countries, and personal exchanges that culminate with our realization that humanity is a broader thing than any one society can define."

Jerik Cruz

Course Description

The goal of TFAS Hong Kong is to further an understanding of American government, political economy, and the liberal tradition. Through an interdisciplinary course on political economy and political philosophy, students will examine how economic and political freedom are intertwined. The political philosophy portion will place particular emphasis on the principles and ideas which animated the American Founding while the economics portion will serve to demonstrate how market economies contribute to greater prosperity and human freedom. Students are expected to complete daily readings and any other projects assigned, and may receive 3 undergraduate credit hours from George Mason University upon successful completion of the program.

"TFAS Hong Kong has been one of best learning platforms for me. The courses were laid as such that even for me, without any economics background, it was easy to understand the ideas and philosophies of economics. Getting to learn and analyze about the american constitution and the Federalists was a wonderful opportunity as this can now help me understand and reason the constitution writing process that is being carried out in my own country as well. The learning didn't stop at the lecture halls only. I got to make friends from more than 10 different countries and learn about their markets, politics and their cultures. I also got an insight on the way the youth perceive the world and its affairs, which I consider is a valuable learning as well."

Prabhat Shrestha




Dr. David Azerrad

David Azerrad is an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington, DC. His research and writing focuses on classical liberalism, conservative political thought and identity politics. Prior to joining Hillsdale, Azerrad was the director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. He has taught previously at American University and the University of Dallas. A native of Montreal, Azerrad received his B.A. from Concordia University, his M.A. from Carleton University and his Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas.


Dr. Phillip Muñoz

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He is the Founding Director of ND’s undergraduate minor in Constitutional Studies and also directs Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life.

Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009) won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state case reader, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents (Rowman & Littlefield) was first published in 2013 (revised edition, 2015) and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities. In 2019, he joined the editorial team of American Constitutional Law (11th edition, Routledge, 2019), the leading constitutional law casebooks designed for undergraduate instruction. Articles from that project have appeared in American Political Science Review, The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Notre Dame Law Review, American Political Thought, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law.

An award-winning teacher and a popular lecturer, Dr. Muñoz has spoken at over 70 colleges and universities in the past several years. He received his B.A. at Claremont McKenna College, his M.A. at Boston College, and his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate School.


Dr. Jim Otteson

James R. Otteson is Professor of Economics, Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, and Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He specializes in political economy, the history of economic thought, eighteenth-century moral philosophy, and business ethics, and he has taught previously at NYU, Yeshiva University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama.

His books include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002), Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013), and The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014). His most recent books are The Essential Adam Smith (Fraser Institute, 2018) and Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society (Oxford, 2019). His next books are The Essential David Hume (Fraser Institute, forthcoming in 2020), and, with Steven McMullen, The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution (Routledge, forthcoming in 2021).

He is the recipient of multiple awards for his teaching and research, including the 2007 Templeton Enterprise Award, the Aspen Institute’s 2017 “Ideas Worth Teaching Award,” the Association of Private Enterprise Education’s 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award, the Independent Institute’s 2019 Independent Excellence Prize, and the Institute for Humane Studies 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.