Participant Bios
Jacob Affolter is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Arizona State University, where he teaches applied ethics, social/political philosophy.  He received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside.  His research deals mainly with the way that political, legal, and economic structures make it easier or more difficult for people to get along despite strong moral disagreements.  He has also published on methods for teaching early modern philosophy.  Due to both sets of interest, he is especially interested in the way that changes in economic thought affect a wider range of political and intellectual ideas.  One of his main goals for the summer is to find ways to bring ideas from the history of economic thought to bear on questions on both applied ethics and the history of early modern philosophy.
Dusty Anderson  is a Professor of Information Technology at Bluefield College, with experience and education in Industrial Engineering (Virginia Tech) and Computer Education (West Virginia).  He enjoys summer seminars to implode on something other than 2+2 = 4.  This summer he hopes to address his deficit in The History of Political Economy and to meet folks from disparate schools and disciplines.  For therapy he enjoys Sudoku, (table) tennis, and wine.

Becca Arnold is a Professor of Economics at San Diego Mesa College, a community college.   She teaches Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics, and Sustainability.   She has conducted research on the efficacy of using interactive maps as a supplement to Macroeconomics, has conducted numerous workshops demonstrating their usefulness, and has written complementary curricula. She has also written curricula on Media Economics, and International Environmental Policy.  She holds a Sustainable Business Practices Certificate from UCSD, and is on the board of the San Diego Center for Economic Education (a resource center for K-12 teachers). 

Emmanuel Asguet an economist by training and teaches as an adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He is a former Fulbright scholar. His primary areas of interest are macroeconomics, financial crises, political economy, political development, international relations and investment banking. He looks forward to learning more about the history of economic thought at the Summer Institute and meeting people.

Ilker Aslantepe is a PhD student in economics and research assistant at the New School for Social Research. His primary research interests lie in Complexity Economics in the works of classical political economists such as A. Smith, D. Ricardo, and K. Marx where the self-organizing character of capitalist economy is revealed as a complex, adaptive, non-equilibrium system. His current works focus on the algorithmic foundations of economic theory and investigate combinatorial aspects of non-convex economies in which the notions of division of labor, specialization, increasing returns, and money are of central importance, in the light of the works of classical political economists. He has also a keen interest in non-linear, endogenous theories of business cycles, motivated by their most fertile and intellectually challenging roots in the works of Malthus/Ricardo, Marx/Schumpeter, Mitchell/Wicksell and Keynes/Harrod/Goodwin.

Lauren Bailey is a doctoral student in English at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. She teaches at Queens College and next school year will be the Assistant to the Directors of the First Year Writing Program. She also recently completed an archival research fellowship at the New-York Historical Society. Her interests lie in the representations of women and political economy in late 18th through 19th century British literature. She engages with theories of affect and the development of the novel. Before CUNY GC, she attended California State University at Fullerton, where she earned her BA in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and graduated magna cum laude. She was also the recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, a competitive CSU system program.

Tim Barker received his BA in History and American Studies from Columbia College in 2013 and is currently a PhD candidate in U.S. History at Harvard University. I am interested in the intersections between political and intellectual history. My current research concerns the transformation of state involvement in the economy between the 1920s and the 1970s and the way that economists interpreted and participated in these shifts. Outside of school, I have written about history and politics in venues including Dissent, the Nation, and n+1.

Chris Bundrick is a member of the English faculty at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, where he teaches courses in composition and American literature. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2006. His research mainly focuses on southern regionalists from the late 1800s about which he has published essays in South Central Review, Appalachian Journal, South Atlantic Review, and Southern Literary Journal.

Marc Clauson was born in Huntington, WV, received his B.S. in physics and M.A. in political science from Marshall University, as well as a J.D. from West Virginia Univ., specializing in Law and Economics and Public Law.  He has also done Ph.D. work in Economics at West Virginia Univ. and Ph. D. work at the Univ. of Kentucky in European Intellectual History and Philosophy.  Ph.D in European History and Polity from University of the Orange Free State.  Published 2 books on hermeneutics and history and on theology of legal philosophy.  Two books underway on theological and philosophical anthropology in early modern history and on the use of special revelation in early modern political and legal thought.  Read and won award for 2 recent papers on Aquinas' intergration of natural law and special revelation in his Summa Theologia and on Friedrich Hayek's thought in relation to Christian theology.  At Cedarville Univ. since 2002.  Area of instruction includes history of ideas, historical theology and church history, political and economic thought and teaching in the university Honors program.  Married with 4 daughters, avid runner, collector of books, train watcher, and lover of thunderstorms. 

Jonathan F. Cogliano is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. His research interests include classical/Marxian political economy; the history of economic thought; microeconomics, with a focus on value theory; and computational simulation methods. Jonathan regularly teaches courses in political economy and macroeconomics that are informed by the history of economic ideas. He is looking forward to expanding his expertise in the history of economic thought at the Summer Institute.
Christopher Consolino received his BA in History and German Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2010 and is currently a PhD candidate in History at the Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include the history of political thought, the history of the book, and the development of natural philosophy in the early modern Atlantic world. His dissertation, provisionally entitled “The Power to Govern Gold and Silver: The Political Economy of Bullion in Imperial London, 1603-1727,” charts the development of early modern English political economic thought by focusing on a series of debates surrounding the circulation of gold and silver bullion in England and its empire. Beyond history, he enjoys biking, lifting, and gardening.
James Daniel is a communication fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College.  He received his PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Madison-Wisconsin in 2012, his MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, and his BA in Theater History from NYU in 2005. His work concerns the intersection rhetorical theory and critical theory in the context of contemporary activism.  In particular, his research investigates how theories of the event (Badiou, Heidegger, Nancy) illuminate the ways in which activist groups both respond to and construct ontic conditions.  His current project employs the methods of political economy to examine the evolving dynamics of social class in the contemporary college writing classroom.
Flavia Dantas is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Cortland where she teaches courses in alternative economic theory, political economy & social thought, macroeconomics, monetary economics, and mathematical economics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013. Her dissertation thesis entitled “Internationalization of Money Manager Capitalism” explored the destabilizing nature of the unprecedented increase in gross and net cross-border international flows among developed countries over the period 2000-2008. Her current work focuses on the institutional, theoretical, political, and distributional aspects of financial globalization. Her current research interests include money, monetary theory and policy, international banking and finance, liquidity creation, and financial instability.

Kimberly Hall is an Assistant Professor of English at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where she teaches courses in Digital Media Studies, 19th-century British literature, and an upcoming interdisciplinary course on contemporary narrative engagements with political economy. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside and her M.A. in English from Georgetown University. Kimberly’s research areas include media theory and history, and digital media cultures. 

Tom Hoffman is Associate Professor of Political Science & Law at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama.  He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004 and has M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Arizona and Miami University (of Ohio), respectively.   His research interests include an exploration of the roots of modern social ideals in the 18th Century Scottish Enlightenment; notions of rationality and irrationality in politics; and the issue of civility in politics.  He regularly teaches courses in American politics and political philosophy and directs Spring Hill’s small graduate program in the liberal arts.

Brian Hurley is Assistant Professor of Japanese literature, film and culture in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Syracuse University.  He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the confluences of literature and thought in modern Japan.  His research has been published in The Journal of Japanese Studies (2013) and the Japanese-language journal of literary criticism Bungaku (2014 and 2016).  His most recent article, “Kokoro Confidential: Edwin McClellan, Friedrich Hayek and the Neoliberal Reading of Natsume Sōseki,” appeared in Representations in 2016.  He received his PhD in Japanese Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Jhun holds a BA from Northwestern University in philosophy and economics. She is currently a graduate student in the department of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh finishing a dissertation on idealization in economic modeling and its parallels in thermodynamics, in particular the role of the equilibrium concept. She has more general interests in the history and philosophy of science, especially on issues surrounding complex systems both social and physical. 

Arindam Mandal is an Associate Professor of Economics in Siena College, Loudonville, NY. He has a BA(Hons) Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi, MA Economics from Delhi School of Economics and PhD in Economics from SUNY-Albany. His primary areas of interest are labor economics, financial crises, macroeconomics and history of economic thought. He has wide range of teaching experiences including history of economic thought. 


Ben Peters teaches communication at the University of Tulsa and has interests in media theory and history, the history of social thought, and the intellectual sources of the information age. My Soviet internet book just received its first review (in Nature) here. (The hook: it catches socialists behaving like capitalists.) I'm now writing a new media history on how small groups, or "thought labs," powered the modern turn to computing. This summer I am eager to challenge my understanding of how mixed economies have made (and unmade) the modern world. More here

Stefanie Populorum is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University. She received her master’s in German Language and Literature from the University of Vienna and holds a master’s in Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as a master’s in International Management from the CEMS program for which she studied at Helsinki School of Economics and at ESADE in Barcelona. She published on Positive Organizational Scholarship and is most interested in the formation of knowledge, particularly in the various approaches of different disciplines and media in making knowledge accessible. Her dissertation investigates the concept of crisis in economic theory, literature, and film in the beginning of the 20th century. 

Bhaven Sampat  is an economist by training and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Most of his research is empirical, focused on issues at the intersection of health policy and innovation policy. For example, He has worked on biomedical patent policy, and on measuring the effects of publicly funded science While at the Summer Institute, he hopes to engage the literature on the role of the state in the economy, and the evolution of the market failure framework, as context for his current work on the role of the public sector in medical innovation. He has also had a long-standing interest in the history and sociology of science, though most of his focus has been on fields other than economics. 
Kirun Sankaran is a graduate student in the department of philosophy at Brown University, with interests in political philosophy and its history, as well as questions of how political philosophy ought to intersect with social science. His current project involves figuring out how the political value of the rule of law relates to political freedom. He graduated in 2012 from the Ohio State University with a BA in philosophy and economics and in 2014 from from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an MA in philosophy. Outside of work, he enjoys watching sports and (apropos of being in North Carolina) eating barbecue.
Matt Seybold is an Assistant Professor of American Literature and Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College (home of the Center for Mark Twain Studies). I hold a Ph.D. in English from UC-Irvine and a B.A. (in English and American Studies) from Washington University in St. Louis. My scholarship focuses on the intersection of print culture and economic rhetoric in the U.S. from the founding of the New York Stock Exchange to the 1929 Crash. I’m very excited about reading Marx outside the English Department, as well as the numerous Economists – basically, all the other ones – who most English professors never read. I also hope somebody might want to watch the NBA Finals.

Mark Stelzner is an economics professor at Connecticut College.  He holds a bachelor's in physics from Boston University, a master's in global finance, trade and economic integration from the University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  At present, his work is focused on understanding income inequality in the United States.  He recently published an article in the Journal of Economic History on income inequality in the late 1860s and has published other work on inequality with Palgrave Macmillan and the Review of Keynesian Economics.  

Congratulations to the selected participants of this Summer's Institute!