E. Roy Weintraub
  • E. Roy Weintraub

  • Professor with Tenure
  • Economics
  • 320 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90097
  • Phone: (919) 660-1838
  • Fax: (919) 684-8974
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Professor Weintraub's current research interests include, and his current projects involve, issues in the historiography of economics particularly the role of biography, autobiography, and letters, and the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the 20th century.

  • Bio

    E. Roy Weintraub was trained as a mathematician and began his career as a mathematical economist. In the 1980s he reconstructed his research and teaching activities to focus upon the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the twentieth century. That work, in the history of economics, helped shape the understanding of economists and historians: his General Equilibrium Theory (1985), Stabilizing Dynamics (1991), Toward a History of Game Theory (ed.) (1992), How Economics Became a Mathematical Science (2002), MIT and the Transformation of American Economics (ed.) (2014) and (with Till Duppe) Finding Equilibrium (2014) charted the transformation of economics from a historical to a mathematical discipline.

    In recent years his work has turned more self-consciously historiographic, resulting in edited volumes on The Future of the History of Economics (2002) and Economists Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics (2007). A former President of the History of Economics Society, his books and articles have been variously translated into Japanese, Chinese, French, Greek, Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian. Currently he is Associate Editor of the journals History of Political Economy and the Economics Bulletin, and Co-Editor of the book series Science and Cultural Theory. In 2011 he was named a “Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society”.

    He has held visiting positions at the University of Hawaii, UCLA, the University of Rome, the University of Bristol, the University of Venice, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He has been one of the few economists honored by a fellowship year at the National Humanities Center. At Duke he was Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics from 1972 to 1983, Chair of that department from 1983 to 1987, Acting Director of the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences in 1987, Director of the Center for Social and Historical Studies of Science from 1995-1999, and has twice chaired the Academic Council, Duke’s faculty senate. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has served terms on the Advisory Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure, the Academics Priorities Committee, the Faculty Compensation Committee, and has chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Resources. He served for many years as a pre-major advisor and a teacher of first-year seminars, and has been Director of the Honors Program for the Department of Economics, and Faculty Fellow in the former Edens Federation for Residential Life. In 1992 he won the Howard Johnson Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.

    A native of the Philadelphia area, Professor Weintraub received his A.B. degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Duke University faculty in 1970 following a first academic position at Rutgers University.
  • Specialties

    • History of Economics
  • Current Projects

    Professor Weintraub's current research interests include, and his current projects involve, issues in the historiography of economics particularly the role of biography, autobiography, and letters, and the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the 20th century.

  • Areas of Interest

    Life writing and the history of economics
    Historiography of economics
    History of the mathematization of economics
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Pennsylvania,
      • 1969
      • M.S. (Applied Mathematics),
      • University of Pennsylvania,
      • 1968
      • M.S.,
      • University of Pennsylvania,
      • 1967
      • A.B. (Mathematics),
      • Swarthmore College,
      • 1964
      • B.A.,
      • Swarthmore College,
      • 1964
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • De Viti de Marco Lecture, University of Salento in Lecce,
      • University of Salento in Lecce,
      • June, 2014
      • Distinguished Fellow,
      • History of Economics Society,
      • June 19, 2011
      • Jérome Adolphe Blanqui Lecture,
      • European Society for the History of Economic Thought,
      • April 2006
      • Chair, Academic Council,
      • 1981-1982, 1991-1992
      • Best Monograph Prize,
      • European Society for the History of Economic Thought,
      • June 2005
      • Joseph J. Spengler Prize for the Best Book in the History of Economics,
      • History of Economics Society,
      • June 2005
      • Kleber-Gery Lecture,
      • St. Olaf College,
      • April 15, 2004
      • President, History of Economics Society,
      • 2003-2004
      • New Beginnings Fellow,
      • John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University,
      • 2001-2002
      • Keynote address, History of Economic Thought Society of Australia, Canberra,
      • July 1999
      • Fellow, National Humanities Center,
      • 1998-99
      • Cassa Di Risparmio Di Venezia Visiting Professor,
      • University of Venice, Ca' Foscari,
      • Fall 1992
      • Howard Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award,
      • Duke University,
      • May 1992
      • Keynote speaker, 30 Colloque de l'Association Charles Gide pour l'étude de la Pensee Economique, Strasbourg,
      • September 1989
      • Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor,
      • University of Bristol, Bristol UK,
      • May 1988
      • Fellow,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • January 1988
      • Invited Doctoral Dissertation Session,
      • American Economic Association,
      • December, 1969
  • Selected Publications

      • ER Weintraub and EL Forget.
      • (2007).
      • Economists' Lives Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics.
      • Duke University Press.
      Publication Description

      This collection of essays, a supplement to History of Political Economy, brings together prominent scholars from economics, sociology, literature, and history to examine the role of biography and autobiography in the history of economics.

      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2002).
      • How Economics Became a Mathematical Science.
      • Science and Cultural Theory,
      • Duke University Press.
      Publication Description

      DIVDiscusses the history of 20th century economics, and how it has become dominated by mathematical approaches./div "Roy Weintraub retells the history of twentieth-century economics through a series of engagements--duels of intellect and ...

      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2002).
      • The Future of the History of Economics.
      • Duke University Press, vii + 422 pages.
      Publication Description

      InThe Future of the History of Economics, internationally known scholars from ten countries provide a comparative assessment of the subdiscipline.

      • ER Weintraub.
      • (1992).
      • Toward a History of Game Theory.
      • Duke University Press.
      Publication Description

      Drawing on interviews with original members of the game theory community and on the Morgenstern diaries, the first section of the book examines early work in game theory.

      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2015).
      • Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge.
      • Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics,
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • (Translation: Japanese. Teruo Kojima (trans.) Bunka Shobo Hakubun sha Publishing, Ltd., Tokyo, 1994. Translation (Chapter 6): Hungarian. Aladár Madarász (trans.) in Aladár Madarász (ed.), Közgazaságtani Eszmetötrénet. Budapest: Osiris Kiadó, 2000)
      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2015).
      • General Equilibrium Analysis: Studies in Appraisal.
      • Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics,
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • (Paperback edition: Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993)
      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2015).
      • Mathematics for Economists An Integrated Approach.
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • (Chinese translation: Publishing House of Economic Science. Series: The Treasure House of Foreign Economics Textbook, 1998)
      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2015).
      • Microfoundations The Compatibility of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
      • Cambridge Surveys of Economic Literature,
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • (Translations: French, Fondements Microeconomiques, Paris: Economica, 1980; Spanish, Microfundamentos, Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1985)
      Publication Description

      The first full-length survey of current work which examines the compatibility of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2015).
      • Conflict and Cooperation in Economics,.
      • Macmillan Studies in Economics,
      • Macmillian Studies in Economics.
      • ER Weintraub.
      • (2015).
      • General Equilibrium Theory.
      • Macmillan Studies in Economics,
      • Macmillan Studies in Economics.
      • (Translations: Spanish, Teoria del equilibrio general, Barcelona: Vicens-Vives, 1978; Italian, La Teoria dell'equilibrio generale, Napoli: Liguori Editore, 1978; Greek, Θεωρία Γενικηζ Ίσορροπίαζ, 1978)
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Verena Halsmeyer
      • Fall 2012
    • Beatrice Cherrier
      • Fall 2009, Fall 2010
    • Yann Giraud
      • 2008-2009
    • Tiago Mata
      • 2007-2008
    • Catherine Herfeld
      • 2012-2013
  • PhD Students

    • Pedro Duarte
      • 2005 - 2007
      • Status: Graduated
      • Thesis: Constructing Concepts of Optimal Monetary Policy in the Postwar Period
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