Faculty Bios


Roger Backhouse is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham and Erasmus University Rotterdam.  After originally specializing in macroeconomic theory he turned to the history and methodology of economics, writing a series of books including The Ordinary Business of Life (2002), The Puzzle of Modern Economics (2010) and Transforming Modern Macroeconomics:  Exploring Disequilibrium Microfoundations (with Maruo Boianovsky, 2013).  With Philippe Fontaine, he has edited a series of books on the history of the social sciences:  The History of the Social Sciences since 1945 (2010), The Unsocial Social Science?  Economics and Neigboring Disciplines Since 1945 (2010), and A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences (2014).  He has spent the last three academic years working full time on an intellectual biography of Paul Samuelson, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.

Bruce Caldwell is a Research Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. He is the author of Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the 20th Century (1982), of Hayek's Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek (2004), and since 2002 has served as the General Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, a multi-volume collection of Hayek’s writings. A past president of the History of Economics Society and of the Southern Economic Association, he is currently working on a family-authorized  biography of Hayek. When he's not working on Hayek, he doesn't know what to do, but sometimes he fills his time with tennis and golf.
Kevin Hoover is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Duke University. Educated at the College of William and Mary, the University of St. Andrews, and Balliol College, Oxford, he has previously held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, University of Oxford (Balliol College, Nuffield College, and Lady Margaret Hall), and the University of California, Davis. He is past president of the History of Economics Society, past chairman of the International Network for Economic Method, past editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology, and current editor of the journal History of Political Economy. He is the author of more than one hundred books and articles in a variety of areas, including the history of economics, macroeconomics and monetary economics, and the methodology and philosophy of economics and econometrics.
Steven G. Medema is Professor of Economics, President's Teaching Scholar, and the Director of the University Honors and Leadership Program at the University of Colorado Denver. He received his B.A. from Calvin College and his PhD from Michigan State University. Dr. Medema is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles, including The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas (Princeton, 2009) and Economics and the Law: From Posner to Post Modernism and Beyond (Princeton, 2006). He served as Editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought from 1999-2008 and as President of the History of Economics Society in 2009-10. Dr. Medema's current research project explores the history of the use of the Coase theorem in economics, law and beyond.
  Eddie Nik-Khah is Associate Professor of Economics at Roanoke College.  He received his BA in Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science from Rockhurst University and his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.  For his research on the political economy of market design, the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy awarded him the K. William Kapp Prize.  He has completed research on interactions between the Chicago School of Economics, the pharmaceutical industry, and phamaceutical science, the neoliberal origins of economic imperialism, the distinctive role of George Stigler as architect of the Chicago School, and the tensions emerging from economists' assumption of a professional identity as designers of markets.  He is currently writing a book with Philip Mirowski on the history of knowledge and information in twentieth century economics.