Center for the History of Political Economy Welcome HOPE Fellows

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6 scholars in front of a bookshelf

The Center for the History of Political Economy recently welcomed a new cohort of HOPE Scholars. Every year, scholars from around the globe come to the Center to share their ideas, theories, and research on the history of political economy. Scholars come for either a semester or a full academic year. They spend their time working on their research, participating in HOPE Center events, and interacting with others in the history of political economy discipline. The mission of the Center for the History of Political Economy is to promote and support research in, and the teaching of, the history of economics. 

The Center offers three fellowships. Senior Research Fellowships enable scholars at various stages of their careers to come to the Center to develop a substantial piece of research in the history of political economy. Research Fellowships enable more junior scholars to advance their research careers under the umbrella of the Center. These scholars will also work to develop their skills in teaching the history of economics. Final Year Fellowships allow doctoral students to spend their final year completing their dissertations in the company of others, including more established scholars, working in the history of political economy. They will also develop their skills in teaching the history of economics.

This year’s cohort of Fellows come from the University of Lille (France), Yale University, the London School of Economics, Federal University (Brazil), Balliol College (U.K.), the University of Paris Sorbonne, King Juan Carlos University (Spain), SOAS University (U.K.), Southern University, the University of Insubria (Italy), the University of Bielefeld (Germany), and Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (China). As Center Director Bruce Caldwell notes, “This is the largest class in the history of the Center and it promises also to be one of the strongest – we are all looking forward to working together this coming year.”

The Fellows come from a variety of fields: among them are economists, an historian of science, a philosopher, and a lawyer. Their research topics also show considerable diversity. Some will work on papers held in the Economists’ Papers Archive, investigating such topics as H. Gregg Lewis’ style of inference in labor economics or the revival of monetary policy in the Keynesian era. Others will pursue non-archival work, examining the application of rational choice theory to the philosophical problem of induction or undertaking a comparative history of the natural and civil law traditions.