CHOPE Fellow 2018 Alexandra Hyard

Alexandra Hyard is an associate professor in economics at the University of Lille in France who has enjoyed the community of scholars at the Center for the History of Political Economy. She was attracted initially by the Center’s “mulitdisciplinarity” and has grown to appreciate its “warm atmosphere, the great quality of the seminars, and the kindness of all the members of the Center.” Her current research focuses on the political views of economist Kenneth J. Arrow, “more precisely on his disenchanted vision of capitalism and democracy,” a topic with important implications for historians of economic thought interested in the compatibility of markets and democracy as well as historians of political thought concerned with theories of democracy. Her research led her to Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, a discovery she describes as “an amazing experience” enhanced by the library’s helpful staff.