Faculty Bios

Kevin Brine is the co-author with Professor Mary Poovey of Finance in America: An Unfinished Story published in 2017 by University of Chicago Press. A Wall Street veteran, Kevin is an independent scholar, artist and private investor. Kevin joined the Wall Street firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Inc. in 1978.  Elected to Bernstein’s board in 1985, he served as the senior executive in charge of Bernstein’s private client and institutional asset management businesses.  After the merger of Bernstein and Alliance Capital in 2000, Kevin served on the board of Delphi Financial Group, a public middle market insurance company. Active in the non-profit world, Kevin has served as trustee of New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art and numerous other charitable organizations and as a public overseer of the Weill Cornell Medical College. Kevin has a B.A. in South Asian Studies from University of Wisconsin, Madison,  and  a  M.A. in English and American Literature and a M.B.A. in finance from New York University. For more information about Kevin consult his author website www.kevinrbrinebooks.com 
Jennifer Burns is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University and a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. She is the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford, 2009), an intellectual biography of the controversial novelist and philosopher.  She is currently working on a biography of Milton Friedman.  Professor Burns has published articles on conservatism, libertarianism, and liberalism in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Die Ziet, Quartz, and numerous academic journals.  She has also been a guest on both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.  Podcasts of her courses on American History are available through iTunes and on her website www.jenniferburns.org.
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.

Till Düppe  is an Associate Professor at the University of Québec in Montréal. I obtained my PhD in 2009 from the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics in Rotterdam. My main research interest is the historical epistemology of economics, inspired by phenomenological philosophy. I’m the author, jointly with E. Roy Weintraub, of “Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit” (Princeton 2014, Joseph Spengler book prize 2016), and received the ESHET Young Researcher Award 2018.


Wade Hands is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Puget Sound. He is author of Reflection Without Rules: Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory (2001), editor (with John Davis) of The Elgar Companion to Recent Economic Methodology (2011) and (with Philip Mirowski) Agreement on Demand: Consumer Theory in the Twentieth Century (2006). He is a past president of the History of Economics Society and is currently co-editor (with John Davis) of The Journal of Economic Methodology. His research crosses the fields of economic methodology, the philosophy of economics, and the history of modern economic thought. His paper “The Individual and the Market: Paul Samuelson on (Homothetic) Santa Claus Economics” (2016) received the 2017 Best Article Award from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. Current research interests include behavioral welfare economics, the notion of rationalization in choice theory, all-things-considered-preferences, and the evolution of “standard economics.”


Philip Mirowski is Carl Koch Professor of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of, among others, The Knowledge we have Lost in Information (2017), More Heat than Light (1989), Machine Dreams (2001), ScienceMart (2011), and Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste (2013). He is a recipient of the Ludwig Fleck Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, and was named Distinguished Scholar by the History of Economics Society. He has been visiting professor at Yale, University of Massachusetts,  Amsterdam, Oxford, Montevideo, and Paris-Sorbonne. A conference devoted to his work was held by the boundary 2 collective in 2017. Outside of the economics profession, he is perhaps best known for his work on the history and political philosophy of neoliberalism, and his methodological watchword that intellectual history is the story of thought collectives, not heroic individuals.

Edward Nik-Khah is a Professor of Economics at Roanoke College. He is the author of The Knowledge We Have Lost in Information (2017, with Philip Mirowski), and editor of The Contributions of Business to Economics (2017, with Robert Van Horn). He has been a research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy and the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University. His previously completed research has addressed such topics as the history of neoliberalism, economics imperialism, the political economy of pharmaceutical science, and market design; for his work on market design, the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy awarded him the K. William Kapp Prize.


Matt Panhans is an Economist at the Federal Trade Commission.  He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.  His research interests include the history of applied economics, covering the history of applied methodologies, health economics, and the economics of antitrust.  In addition, his research includes work in empirical economics related to healthcare, public economics, and industrial organization.


Mary Poovey has recently retired from New York University, where she was the Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities.  She has written many books and articles on subjects ranging from feminist theory to administrative reform in nineteenth-century Britain.  She has recently published *Finance in America: An Unfinished Story* (co-authored with Kevin R. Brine).  This is the final book of a trilogy that explores the history of the concepts and modes of representation that inform modern finance.  The other two books in the series are *A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society* and *Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain.*  All were published by the University of Chicago Press.


John Singleton is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. at Calvin College, M.A. from University of Colorado Denver, and Ph.D from Duke University, where his thesis research was supported by a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation completion fellowship. In addition to work that examines empirical questions related to the equity and finance of school choice policies, his research focuses on the recent history of applied microeconomics. His historical work has appeared in History of Political Economy and been presented at the Allied Social Science Associations meetings, the Center for the History of Political Economy, the History of Economics Society, and the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought. With J. Daniel Hammond and Steven G. Medema, he also co-edited Chicago Price Theory (Edward Elgar, 2013).