E. Roy Weintraub

E. Roy Weintraub

Professor Emeritus of Economics

External Address: 
07D Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1838

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. 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.

He has held visiting positions at the University of Hawaii, UCLA, the University of Rome, the University of Bristol, and the University of Venice. He has been one of the few social scientists 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. 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. 

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.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1969
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania 1967
  • B.A., Swarthmore College 1964

Weintraub, ER. "Keynes as a Policy Advisor." History of Political Economy 51, no. 4 (December 2018).

Weintraub, ER. "Craufurd Goodwin at Duke: 1955-1970." History of Political Economy 50, no. 4 (2018).

Weintraub, ER, and Duppe, T. "Introduction: Contemporary Historiography of Economics." History of Political Economy 50, no. 3 (2018): 551-553. (Introduction)

Weintraub, ER. "McCarthyism and the Mathematization of Economics." Journal of the History of Economic Thought 39, no. 4 (October 2017): 571-597-571-597.

Weintraub, ER. "Game Theory and Cold War Rationality: A Review Essay." Journal of Economic Literature 55, no. 1 (March 2017): 148-161. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, ER. "Paul Samuelson's Historiography: More Wag Than Whig." History of Political Economy 48, no. 2 (June 2016): 349-363. (Working Paper) Full Text Open Access Copy

Duppe, T, and Weintraub, ER. "Losing Equilibrium: On the Existence of Abraham Wald's Fixed-Point Proof of 1935." History of Political Economy 48, no. 191 (July 27, 2015): 635-655. Open Access Copy

Düppe, T, and Weintraub, ER. "Siting the New Economic Science: The Cowles Commission's Activity Analysis Conference of June 1949." Science in Context 27, no. 03 (September 2014): 453-483. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, ER. "Keynesian Historiography and the Anti-Semitism Question." History of Political Economy 44, no. 1 (March 1, 2012): 41-67. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Retrospectives: Lionel W. McKenzie and the Proof of the Existence of a Competitive Equilibrium." Journal of Economic Perspectives 25, no. 2 (May 2011): 199-215. Full Text


Düppe, T, and Weintraub, ER. A Contemporary Historiography of Economics(Accepted).: Routledge, September 20, 2018.

MIT and the Transformation of American Economics. Edited by Weintraub, ER. Durham,: Duke University Press, December 2014. (Edited Book)

Düppe, T, and Weintraub, ER. Finding equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the problem of scientific credit.: Princeton University Press, July 21, 2014. (Monograph)

Weintraub, ER. How Economics Became a Mathematical Science.: Duke University Press, May 28, 2002.

The Future of the History of Economics. Edited by Weintraub, ER.: Duke University Press, 2002. (Edited Book)

Toward a History of Game Theory. Edited by Weintraub, ER.: Duke University Press, 1992. (Edited Book)

Weintraub, ER. Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge.: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Weintraub, ER. General Equilibrium Analysis: Studies in Appraisal.: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Weintraub, ER. Mathematics for Economists An Integrated Approach.: Cambridge University Press, 1982.


Weintraub, ER. "A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences." Journal of the History of Economic Thought 39, no. 3 (September 1, 2017): 401-405. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters." Journal of American History 101, no. 3 (December 1, 2014): 969-970. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "The Microfoundations Delusion: Metaphor and Dogma in the History of Macroeconomics." History of Political Economy 46, no. 2 (June 1, 2014): 352-356.

Weintraub, ER. "Microfoundations Reconsidered: The Relationship of Micro and Macroeconomics in Historical Perspective." History of Political Economy 46, no. 2 (June 1, 2014): 352-356.

Weintraub, ER. "Review of Duarte and Lima's "Microfoundations Reconsidered" and King's "The Microfoundations Delusion"." History of Political Economy 46, no. 2 (2014): 352-356.

Weintraub, ER. "The Dissemination of Economic Ideas." History of Political Economy 45, no. 3 (September 1, 2013): 563-565. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Roads to Wisdom: Conversations with Ten Nobel Laureates in Economics." History of Political Economy 44, no. 2 (June 1, 2012): 383-384. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s." Business History Review 84, no. 1 (March 1, 2010): 135-137.


Weintraub, ER. "MIT's Openness to Jewish Economists.", 45-59. January 1, 2014. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, ER. "Interview with E. Roy Weintraub." In The Art and Practice of Economics Research: Lessons from Leading Minds,edited by Bowmaker, S. 2012. (Chapter)

Chapple, C. "Introduction.", 1-2. March 1, 2011. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Microfoundations." In International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences,edited by Darity, WA.: Macmillian Reference USA, 2008. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "Economists Talking with Economists: An Historian's Perspective." In Inside the Economist's Mind: The History of Modern Economic Thought as Explained by Those Who Produced It,edited by Barnett, W and Samuelson, P.: Blackwell, 2007. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "A Personal Afterword." In Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics,edited by Weintraub, ER and Forget, EL, 367-370. Durham and London,: Duke University Press, 2007. (Afterword)

Weintraub, ER. ""Axiomatization, "Formalism" and "General Equilibrium"." In Enciclopedia Filosofica, Fondazione centro studi filosofici di gallarate: Padova, Italy,edited by Cremaschi, S. Milano, Italy,: Edizioni Bompiani, 2006. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "Misusing History: A Minisymposium.", 177-178. June 1, 2005. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, ER. "Will Economics Ever have a Past Again?." In The Future of the History of Economics,edited by Weintraub, ER, 1-14. Durham,: Duke University Press, 2002. (Chapter)


Goodwin, C, Hoover, KD, Weintraub, ER, and Caldwell, B. "John Maynard Keynes of Bloomsbury: Four Short Talks." (February 24, 2009). Open Access Copy

Weintraub, ER. "This Little Piggy Went to Paris." Pig Tales: the Monthly Publication of the North Carolina Barbeque Society (April 2010): 2-3. (Essay)

Weintraub, ER. "Translation of Chapter 6 of Stabilizing Dynamics (1991)." Edited by Aladar, M. Kozgazasagtani Eszmetotrenet (2002). (Essay)

Weintraub, ER. "EconSoc Editorial: "We Need a Sociology of Mathematical Economics." Economics and Sociology Mail List (February 2001). (Editorial Comment)

Weintraub, ER. "After Dinner Remarks Addressed to the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia." History of Economics Review 30 (1999): 181-183. (Scholarly Commentary)

Weintraub, ER. "What Defines a Legitimate Contribution to the Subdiscipline "History of Economics"?." History of Economics Society Mail List (1996). (Essay)

Selected Grants

Summer Institute on the History of Political Economy awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Member). 2015 to 2016

Teaching the History of Political Economy awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Member). 2012 to 2013

Teaching the History of Political Economy awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Member). 2009 to 2010