Steven G. Medema and Jennifer Jhun Join the HOPE Center Faculty

The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University is pleased to announce that two new faculty members will be joining us as Faculty Fellows effective July 1, 2019. Steve Medema will join the Duke University faculty as a Research Professor of Economics and will serve as the Associate Director of the Center, and Jennifer Jhun will join as an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department. Both will also serve as Associate Editors of the journal, History of Political Economy. Steve and Jennifer will join current Center Faculty Fellows E. Roy Weintraub (emeritus), Neil De Marchi (emeritus), Kevin Hoover, Bruce Caldwell, and Jason Brent.


Ever since completing his PhD in 1989 under Warren Samuels at Michigan State University, Steve has been one of the most active and influential members of the history of economics community. From 1998 to 2008 he was the editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and during his tenure Steve worked assiduously to promote the journal and attract submissions from a wide range of historians. He is currently the series editor of the Oxford Studies in the History of Economics, and in 2017 he became book review editor of History of Political Economy, whose editorial office is at Duke. The author of well over 100 articles and books, including The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009) and the forthcoming The Economics Book: From Hesiod to the Great Recession, 250 Milestones in the History of Economics (New York: Sterling), Steve has established himself as a leading authority on market failure and the work of Ronald Coase.

Jennifer completed her dissertation on "A Defense of Equilibrium Theorizing in Economics" at the University of Pittsburgh under Mark Wilson and Jim Woodward in 2016. She is already familiar to the CHOPE community, having been an active participant in our 2016 Summer Institute. Jennifer has published articles in Philosophy of Science and Synthese, and her forthcoming article titled "Equilibrium Method and Multi-Scale Modeling" will appear in Erkenntnis.

Please join us in welcoming both Steve and Jennifer to Duke.