Associate Professor & Department Chair, Program of Liberal Studies
Affiliation: History and Philosophy of Science
Area of Specialization
History of the human sciences
Tom Stapleford studies the human sciences, especially economics, where his work intersects American political history and the history of capitalism. He also has strong interests in virtue ethics, historical epistemology, and historiography. Stapleford is the author of The Cost of Living in America: A Political History of Economic Statistics (Cambridge, 2009) and co-editor of Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program (Cambridge, 2011), and he has published articles in a diverse set of journals including the Journal of American History, Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, History of Political Economy, and Labor History. He is currently writing a book manuscript that uses virtue ethics to think about how to integrate expertise with democratic governance.
Stapleford has been awarded major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Templeton Religion Trust, was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, has served on the editorial board for Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, was an Associate Editor for Studies in the History & Philosophy of Science, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the History of Economics Society.