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2013-14 Annual Report Details a Year's Activities at the HOPE Center

2013-14 Annual Report Details a Year's Activities at the HOPE Center

The latest annual report of the HOPE Center reviews the activities and accomplishments of the Center over the past twelve months. We invite you to read and learn about the Center, its mission, and its programs. Also available is a six-year report surveying the Center from its founding in 2008 to the present.

Emily Skarbek's New Publications Explore Self-Governance and Spontaneous Order

Emily Skarbek's New Publications Explore Self-Governance and Spontaneous Order

Emily Skarbek, a HOPE Center fellow in 2011-12, has published a new article and has a second that will be published soon.

"The Chicago Fire of 1871: A Bottom-Up Approach to Disaster Relief" challenges the notion that the only effective response to a disaster can come from a centralized authority such as a government office or agency. Using expenditure and donation data compiled from archival records, she shows how private individuals, businesses, corporate entities, and municipal governments came together in the absence of a central relief agency to provide aid to victims of the Chicago fire. 

The paper appears in the July 2014 issue of Public Choice.

The second paper, "F. A. Hayek and the Early Foundations of Spontaneous Order," will appear in a volume titled Hayek and the Modern World, edited by Sandra Peart and David Levy. The paper looks at the influence of Mandeville and Smith in Hayek's understanding of the relationship between rules and order.

Emily is a lecturer in political economy at King's College London. For more on her work, please visit her website.

John Singleton Participates in Hoover Institution Workshop on Political Economy

John Singleton Participates in Hoover Institution Workshop on Political Economy

John Singleton, a PhD candidate in economics at Duke University, was a participant in the inaugural Hoover Institution Workshop on Political Economy.

Held from June 23 to 27, the workshop was organized by Professor Jennifer Burns of the Stanford History Department. An interdisciplinary group of scholars drew on the archival collections at Hoover to examine various topics, including the history of economic thought and the development of libertarian and conservative political movements in the United States and internationally.

The workshop featured as its keynote speaker Angus Burgin, a historian at Johns Hopkins University whose 2012 book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Great Depression, was awarded the 2013 Joseph Spengler Prize for best book by the History of Economics Society. Angus's paper titled "The Age of Certainty: Galbraith, Friedman, and the Public Life of Economic Ideas" was published in the 2013 special issue of HOPE, The Economist as Public Intellectual.

John is researching Milton Friedman’s involvement in school vouchers and the ending of the military draft. He also contributed a paper on Charles Tiebout ("Sorting Charles Tiebout: The Construction and Stabilization of Postwar Public Good Theory") to the 2014 HOPE conference on market failure, and he published a paper on Martin Luther and usury in the winter 2011 issue of HOPE.

For more on the workshop, visit the Hoover Institution website.

Roger Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky Receive Award for New Book on Macroeconomics

Roger Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky Receive Award for New Book on Macroeconomics

Roger E. Backhouse and Mauro Boianovsky have received the 2014 Best Book Award from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought for their book Transforming Modern Macroeconomics: Exploring Disequilibrium Microfoundations, 1956-2003 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The book explores the efforts of economists to develop a more rigorous macroeconomic theory in the second half of the twentieth century. Economic growth, rising prices, and then stagflation all needed to be explained. But economists also wanted to construct a macroeconomic theory that was rooted in microeconomic theory, a macroeconomic theory that could be ultimately traced to "microfoundations" or the behavior of households and firms.

As recipients of this year's Best Book Award, Roger and Mauro will deliver the Blanqui Lecture at the 2015 European Society meeting, which will be in Rome.

Transforming Modern Macroeconomics is part of Cambridge's series Historial Perspectives on Modern Economics, edited by Craufurd Goodwin.

For information on ordering the book, please see the publisher's website.

 

Josh Foster, a 2013 NEH Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Whitman College

Josh Foster, a 2013 NEH Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Whitman College

Josh Foster, a participant in the 2013 NEH Summer Institute at the HOPE Center, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Economics at Whitman College.

Josh will join at Whitman another participant in the 2013 Institute, Jen Cohen, who is also on the economics faculty. Together they look forward to collaborating on a history of economics course in the near future.

Whitman College is a private liberal arts and sciences college in Walla Walla, Washington. Founded in 1882, Whitman has an enrollment of around 1,500 students.

Mo Moulton, 2013 Summer Institute Participant, Publishes New Book on Ireland

Mo Moulton, 2013 Summer Institute Participant, Publishes New Book on Ireland

Mo Moulton, a participant in the 2013 Summer Institute, has published a new book with Cambridge University Press titled Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England. The book seeks to understand the extent to which the Irish disappeared from English politics, life, and consciousness after the Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921).

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

Mo is an historian of modern Britain and Ireland and a lecturer in history and literature at Harvard University.

James Bailey, Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Creighton University

James Bailey, Summer Institute Participant, Accepts Tenure-Track Position at Creighton University

James Bailey, a participant in the 2012 Summer Institute at the HOPE Center, has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor at Creighton University.

At Creighton, James will join Michael D. Thomas, a former HOPE Center fellow who is also new to Creighton.

"The department is in the unusual situation of having three people who can teach history of thought, one who has been teaching it for decades, and us two new hires," James says.

James will finish his PhD at Temple this spring and begin his position at Creighton in the fall.

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!

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