Faculty Bios

Jeff Biddle is a Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. His research in the history of economics has focused on the theories and research practices of US economists in the 20th century, with his current work dealing with the history of the empirical research methods employed by US economists. He has also written on the contributions of the American  Institutionalists. This research has appeared in History of Political Economy, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and a number of edited volumes. He is a past president of the History of Economics Society, and also does empirical research in the field of labor economics.

Jason Brent attended the very first HOPE Summer Institute in Denver, CO, during the summer of 2011. He is currently a fellow at the HOPE Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University, teaching in the economics department, the Fuqua School of Business, and the Sanford School of Public Policy. In addition to teaching the survey course in the history of economics at Duke for the past four years, Jason has taught courses across the university on economic reasoning that integrate models from the history of economics with contemporary analysis and issues. These courses have been designed to bridge the gap between modern technical economics and the historic models and ideas that still often dominate discussions in the worlds of policy and business. As part of an ongoing project, in the spring of 2019 he introduced a new course for Duke undergraduates on economic analyses of the wealthy, again combining writings by Aquinas, Smith, Malthus, Marx, Veblen, and others with contemporary thinkers to look at how economists think – and have thought – about determinants of income and wealth, inequality, investment, and consumption among the very rich.
Beatrice Cherrier is an associate professor of economics at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. Her research focuses on the development of economics since the 1960s, with a particular interest in applied economics. Her 2017 article in the Journal of Economic Literature on the history of the JEL codes won the Craufurd Goodwin Best Article Prize.
Paul Dudenhefer was the managing editor of History of Political Economy from 1999 to 2017 and is the managing editor of Politics & Society as well as the staff specialist for the HOPE Center.

Evelyn L Forget is past president of HES and a former co-editor of JHET. She has written about gender in the history of economics, as well as the roles of knowledge brokers and translators from the late 18th century to the present, including J.-B. Say, Jane Marcet, Harriet Martineau and many others.  Her policy research investigates the best ways to ensure that everyone has access to the tools and resources they need to live full and healthy lives. Her most recent book is Basic Income for Canadians: the key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all.

Kevin D. Hoover is the editor of History of Political Economy and the author of numerous books and articles on macroeconomics. He is a professor of economics and a professor of philosophy at Duke University.
Jennifer S. Jhun is an assistant professor of philosophy at Duke University. Her interests are in the philosophy of economics.

Steven Medema’s research focuses on the history of modern economics, though his writings range over subjects as diverse as the ancient Greeks, Adam Smith, and the British philosopher Henry Sidgwick. The thread that unites much of this work is the analysis of the interplay between markets and government in the history of economic ideas. His current project examines the history of the Coase theorem and its influence in economics, law, and beyond. Professor Medema serves as an associate editor or editorial board member for several history of economics journals and was editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought from 1999 to 2008. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke and serves as the Associate Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy.

Roy Weintraub was trained as a mathematician though his professional career has been as an economist. Beginning in the early 1980s, his research and teaching activities focused upon the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the twentieth century. This work, in the history of economics, has helped shape the understanding of economists and historians: his General Equilibrium Theory (1985), Stabilizing Dynamics (1991), Toward a History of Game Theory (1992), How Economics Became a Mathematical Science (2002), and (with Till Duppe) Finding Equilibrium (2014) have charted the transformation of economics from a historical to a mathematical discipline. Most recently (2019), with Till Duppe he edited the book Contemporary Historiography of Economics. Besides his 13 books, he has published over 150 articles in professional journals and edited volumes. His books have been variously translated into Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Italian. Currently he is Associate Editor of the journal History of Political Economy. A past President of the History of Economics Society, he is a Distinguished Fellow of that Society.