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Simon Bilo, Summer Institute Student, Credits HOPE Center for Early Career Success

Simon Bilo, Summer Institute Student, Credits HOPE Center for Early Career Success

Simon Bilo, a student in the Summer Institute in 2011 and 2012, says that his time at the HOPE Center has been important to his early career success.

“The Duke Center really helped me to start to build a network,” Simon says in a recent profile of the young scholar on the John William Pope Foundation website. “You really build your career on a personal network. The summer institute organized by the Center brought in some of the best people in the country and helped me to get to know them.”

Simon, who is currently an assistant professor of economics at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, also spent the summer of 2013 at Duke, working in the archives and helping to process the papers of Oskar Morgenstern.

Michael D. Thomas, 2008-9 HOPE Center Fellow, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Creighton University

Michael D. Thomas, 2008-9 HOPE Center Fellow, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Creighton University

Michael D. Thomas, a 2008-9 HOPE Center fellow, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Economics and Finance of the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. He will join the faculty this fall.

He is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance of the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

At Creighton, Michael will teach a course on the development of political economy.

Congratulations to Michael!

Shiri Cohen Kaminitz Accepts Tenure-Track Position with the Hebrew University of Jersusalem

Shiri Cohen Kaminitz Accepts Tenure-Track Position with the Hebrew University of Jersusalem

Shiri Cohen Kaminitz has accepted a tenure-track position with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She credits her fellowship with the HOPE Center with playing a key role in earning the position. Shiri was a HOPE Center fellow in 2011-12.

Shiri's article titled "J. S. Mill and the Value of Utility" will appear in the summer 2014 issue of History of Political Economy.

Shiri, who recently married, also reports the birth of her new daughter, Roni.

Our congratulations to Shiri!

Viviana Di Giovinazzo Receives INET Grant to Write Biography of Scitovsky

Viviana Di Giovinazzo Receives INET Grant to Write Biography of Scitovsky

Viviana Di Giovinazzo has received a grant from INET (the Institute for New Economic Thinking) to write an intellectual biography of Tibor Scitovsky.

Scitovsky (1910–2002) was a Hungarian-born economist best known for his 1976 book The Joyless Economy: An Inquiry into Human Satisfaction and Consumer Dissatisfaction. The book took issue with the standard neoclassical account of rational choice and postwar consumer economy.

According to the official project summary, the biography will reconstruct Scitovsky's personal and intellecual odyssey, as he moved from Hungary to London, then Stanford, then Berkeley, exploring his professional and personal relationships and his engagement with other fields such as psychology, art, and aesthetics.

Viviana was a 2011–12 fellow of the HOPE Center and is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the State University of Milan-Bicocca

INET was created in 2009 to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. The institute funds projects that would not generally be funded through conventional academic funding channels.

New Edited Volume from Summer Institute Fellow Looks at Student Activism

New Edited Volume from Summer Institute Participant Looks at Student Activism

David J. Snyder, a 2010 NEH Summer Institute Fellow at the HOPE Center, has published Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

The book, which was edited by Dave and Robert Cohen, contains a collection of original essays that examine student involvment in such issues as desegregation, free speech, and gender equity.

For more on the book, please visit the publisher's website.

Dave is a lecturer in history at the University of South Carolina.

Jack Russell Weinstein Publishes Book on Adam Smith

Jack Russell Weinstein Publishes Book on Adam Smith

Jack Russell Weinstein, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Dakota who attended the 2010 Summer Institute, has published Adam Smith's Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments (Yale University Press, 2013).

According to the publisher's website, Adam Smith's Pluralism suggests that the foundations of liberalism can be found in the writings of Smith. While offering an interpretive methodology for approaching Smith’s two major works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations, Professor Weinstein argues against the libertarian interpretation of Smith, emphasizing his philosophies of education and rationality.

The book has been favorably reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the American Conservative, and Choice Reviews.

Jack says he is especially proud of the review in the American Conservative because it shows that he succeeded in being nonpartisan, which was one of his goals.

To order Adam Smith's Pluralism, please visit the publisher's website.

For more on Jack, including his radio show, please visit his website.

Floris Heukelom's New Book Looks at Behavioral Economics

Floris Heukelom's New Book Looks at Behavioral Economics

Floris Heukelom's new book, Behavioral Economics: A History, will be published in March 2014 by Cambridge University Press.

According to the publisher's website, "The recurring theme [of the book] is that behavioral economics reflects and contributes to a fundamental reorientation of the epistemological foundations upon which economics had been based since the days of Smith, Ricardo, and Mill. With behavioral economics, the discipline has shifted from grounding its theories in generalized characterizations to building theories from behavioral assumptions directly amenable to empirical validation and refutation. The book proceeds chronologically and takes the reader from von Neumann and Morgenstern's axioms of rational behavior, through the incorporation of rational decision theory in psychology in the 1950s–1970s, and to the creation and rise of behavioral economics in the 1980s and 1990s at the Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations."

Behavioral Economics: A History is part of the Cambridge series Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics, edited by Craufurd Goodwin.

In the winter 2011 issue of History of Political Economy, Floris published a related article titled "What to Conclude from Psychological Experiments: The Contrasting Cases of Experimental and Behavioral Economics."

Floris, who was a visitor to the HOPE Center in 2011, is an assistant professor of economics at Radboud University Nijmegen. He specializes in the use of the experiments in twentieth-century economics and psychology.

 

 

Harro Maas to Publish Book on Economic Methodology

Harro Maas to Publish Book on Economic Methodology

Harro Maas, a 2011-12 fellow of the HOPE Center, is publishing this spring Economic Methodology: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2014). The book will deal with such things as the inductive and deductive nature of economics, business cycle research, and experimentation in economics. For more information on the book and the full table of contents, please visit the publisher's website.

Harro is an associate professor in the School of Economics at Utrecht University.

Catherine Herfeld Successfully Defends Dissertation

Catherine Herfeld Successfully Defends Dissertation

Catherine Herfeld, a 2012–13 HOPE Center fellow, successfully defended her PhD dissertation in April of this year. Her dissertation was titled "The Many Faces of Rational Choice Theory" and was written wihle a student at Witten/Herdecke University (Germany).

Catherine is currently a postdoc in the Department of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

 

International Symposium on the History of Economics Will Be Held August 5-6

International Symposium on the History of Economics Will Be Held August 5-6

The second International Symposium on the History of Economics will take place August 5–6, 2013, at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. The symposium is being organized by Pedro Duarte and Gilberto Tadeu Lima and will bring together renowned international and local scholars in the field to discuss important aspects of macroeconomic dynamics, especially in the postwar period.

The program, participants, and other details can be found on the symposium's website. The symposium is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend (online registration required).

The event will be streamed live.

Pedro Duarte and Gilberto Tadeu Lima are in the Department of Economics at the University of São Paulo.

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