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Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
My research and teaching explore problems at the intersection of ideas, politics, and markets in the United States and the Atlantic world since the late 19th century.
My recent book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression (Harvard University Press, 2012), explores the transformation of market advocacy over the middle decades of the twentieth century. It received the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Joseph Spengler Prize from the History of Economics Society, was listed as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice (2013), and was named a "Book of Exceptional Merit" by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. For reviews, see Dissent, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Nation. I am currently writing an intellectual history of postindustrialism, exploring how new technological capacities in the postwar era transformed ideas about the future of work, knowledge, leisure, time, and space.
I am on the faculty editorial board of Johns Hopkins University Press, and am an executive editor of the series "Intellectual History of the Modern Age" with the University of Pennsylvania Press. I work with graduate students on a broad range of topics related to intellectual history, transnational history, and the history of capitalism.
- Spring 2015: Making America: Politics and Society since the Great Depression
- Spring 2015: History of Capitalism
- Fall 2014: American Social Thought since 1865
- Fall 2014: American Intellectual History
- Spring 2014: Transnational Approaches to US History
- Spring 2014: The Intellectual History of Capitalism, 1900–Present
- Fall 2012: American Conservatisms
The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012). (Audiobook: Gildan Media, 2013.)
"New Directions, Then and Now." In The Worlds of American Intellectual History, eds. Joel Isaac, James Kloppenberg, Michael O'Brien, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, forthcoming.
“Interchange: History of Capitalism.” Invited participant (with Sven Beckert, Peter Hudson, Louis Hyman, Naomi Lamoreaux, Scott Marler, Steven Mihm, Julia Ott, Philip Scranton, and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer). Forthcoming in Journal of American History (2014).
“Age of Certainty: Galbraith, Friedman, and the Public Life of Economic Ideas.” History of Political Economy, special volume on The Economist as Public Intellectual, ed. Tiago Mata and Steven G. Medema (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013), pp. 191–219.
“The Political Ambiguities of Neoclassical Economics.” Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, ed. Biddle and Emmett, v. 31a (Bingley, U.K.: Emerald, 2013), pp. 217–224.
“Laissez-Faire.” Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell), forthcoming.
Keynote presentation on "Hayek, Friedman, and the Return of Laissez-Faire" at the Hoover Institution, June 2014.
Discussion of The Great Persuasion with Harvard University Press.
Discussion of The Great Persuasion on EconTalk.
Discussion of minimum wage legislation on WYPR.
Post for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History on "The Futures of American Intellectual History."
Discussion of The Great Persuasion with Chris Gondek of the "Invisible Hand" podcast, available on iTunes.
Interview with Foundations, vol. 7, no. 1 (Fall 2013).
"Hayek Lecture" at Duke University, on the Mont Pelerin Society and the postwar transformation of ideas about free markets: available at YouTube.
Keynote address on The Great Persuasion: available from the Center for Ethics at Muhlenberg College.
Presentation at a panel from the 2010 Organization of American Historians on The New Intellectual History of Conservatism.