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, E. R. “Craufurd goodwin and duke university, 1955-1970.” History of Political Economy 51, no. 1 (February 1, 2019): 129–35. https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-7289336. Full Text

Weintraub, E. R. “Keynes as policy adviser.” History of Political Economy 51, no. 1 (February 1, 2019): 77–81. https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-7289264. Full Text

Weintraub, E. R., and Till Duppe. “Introduction: Contemporary Historiography of Economics.” History of Political Economy 50, no. 3 (2018): 551–53.

Weintraub, E. R. “McCarthyism and the Mathematization of Economics.” Journal of the History of Economic Thought 39, no. 4 (October 2017): 571-597-571–97.

Weintraub, E. R. “Game theory and cold war rationality: A review essay.” Journal of Economic Literature 55, no. 1 (March 1, 2017): 148–61. https://doi.org/10.1257/jel.20161341. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, E. R. “Paul Samuelson's Historiography: More Wag Than Whig.” History of Political Economy 48, no. 2 (June 2016): 349–63. https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-3494168. Full Text Open Access Copy

Duppe, T., and E. R. Weintraub. “Losing Equilibrium: On the Existence of Abraham Wald's Fixed-Point Proof of 1935.” History of Political Economy 48, no. 191 (July 27, 2015): 635–55. Open Access Copy

Roy Weintraub, E. “Keynesian historiography and the anti-semitism question.” History of Political Economy 44, no. 1 (February 16, 2012): 41–67. https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-1504050. Full Text

Weintraub, E. R. “Retrospectives: Lionel W. McKenzie and the proof of the existence of a competitive equilibrium.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 25, no. 2 (March 1, 2011): 199–215. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.25.2.199. Full Text


Weintraub, E Roy, and Till Duppe, eds. Contemporary Historiography of Economics. New York and London: Routledge, 2018.

Weintraub, E Roy, ed. MIT and the Transformation of American Economics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.

Düppe, T., and E. R. Weintraub. Finding equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the problem of scientific credit. Princeton University Press, 2014.

Weintraub, E Roy, and Evelyn Forget, eds. Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics. Duke University Press, 2007.

Weintraub, E Roy. How Economics Became a Mathematical Science. Duke University Press, 2002.

Weintraub, E Roy, ed. The Future of the History of Economics. Duke University Press, 2002.

Weintraub, E Roy, ed. Toward a History of Game Theory. Duke University Press, 1992.

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

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

Weintraub, E Roy. Mathematics for Economists An Integrated Approach. Cambridge University Press, 1982.


Weintraub, E Roy. “Review of The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes edited by Robert Dimand and Harold Hagemann.” Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2020.

Weintraub, E. R. “Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters.” Journal of American History. Oxford University Press (OUP), December 1, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1093/jahist/jau682. Full Text

Weintraub, E Roy. “Microfoundations Reconsidered: The Relationship of Micro and Macroeconomics in Historical Perspective.” History of Political Economy. DUKE UNIV PRESS, June 1, 2014.

Weintraub, E Roy. “The Microfoundations Delusion: Metaphor and Dogma in the History of Macroeconomics.” History of Political Economy. DUKE UNIV PRESS, June 1, 2014.

Weintraub, E. R. “Review of Duarte and Lima's "Microfoundations Reconsidered" and King's "The Microfoundations Delusion".” History of Political Economy. Duke University Press, 2014.

Weintraub, E. R. “Lives of the Laureates: Twenty-Three Nobel Economists.” History of Political Economy. Duke University Press, December 1, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-2010-040. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, E Roy. “Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s.” Business History Review. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, March 1, 2010.

Weintraub, E. R. “Review of Lives of the Laureates: Twenty-three Nobel Economists (Fifth Edition) by Bright and Hirsch, (eds).” History of Political Economy. Duke University Press, 2010.


Weintraub, E. R. “Interview with E. Roy Weintraub.” In The Art and Practice of Economics Research: Lessons from Leading Minds, edited by S. Bowmaker, 2012.

Hauck, E. F., and L. N. Hopkins. “Commentary,” Vol. 73, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surneu.2009.06.002. Full Text

Hinton, D. E., H. Segner, D. W. T. Au, S. W. Kullman, and R. C. Hardman. “Liver toxicity.” In The Toxicology of Fishes, 327–400, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1201/9780203647295. Full Text

Weintraub, E. R. “Microfoundations.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited by W. A. Darity. Macmillian Reference USA, 2008.

Weintraub, E. R. “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 W. Barnett and P. Samuelson. Blackwell, 2007.

Weintraub, E. R. “A Personal Afterword.” In Economists’ Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics, edited by E. R. Weintraub and E. L. Forget, 367–70. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2007.

Weintraub, E. R. “"Axiomatization, "Formalism" and "General Equilibrium".” In Enciclopedia Filosofica, Fondazione Centro Studi Filosofici Di Gallarate: Padova, Italy, edited by S. Cremaschi. Milano, Italy: Edizioni Bompiani, 2006.


Goodwin, C., E. R. Weintraub, K. D. Hoover, and B. Caldwell. “John maynard keynes of bloomsbury: Four short talks,” February 1, 2019. Open Access Copy

Weintraub, E. R. “This Little Piggy Went to Paris.” Pig Tales: The Monthly Publication of the North Carolina Barbeque Society, April 2010.

Weintraub, E Roy. “Filing Formal Objections: A Polemic,” May 2005.

Weintraub, E. R. “Translation of Chapter 6 of Stabilizing Dynamics (1991).” Edited by M. Aladar. Kozgazasagtani Eszmetotrenet. Budapest: Osiria Kiado, 2002.

Weintraub, E. R. “EconSoc Editorial: "We Need a Sociology of Mathematical Economics.” Economics and Sociology Mail List, February 2001.

Weintraub, E. R. “After Dinner Remarks Addressed to the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia.” History of Economics Review, 1999.

Weintraub, E. R. “What Defines a Legitimate Contribution to the Subdiscipline "History of Economics"?History of Economics Society Mail List, 1996.

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