The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, photo courtesy of Indiana University

Elinor and Vincent Ostrom came to Indiana University in 1964 as faculty in the Department of Political Science. In 1973, they founded the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. The Workshop attracts student “apprentices” to work with experienced scholars. In 2009, Elinor became the only female to ever be awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Her work looked at the way local communities can manage common-pool resources like water or forests without top-down or governmental control. The Ostroms' route to their summer writing oasis in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, often included a stop at their Bloomington, IN, Workshop before leaving town.