Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies

Thomas Stapleford

B.A., B.M.E., University of Delaware, 1997
M.Sc., University of Edinburgh, 1998
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003

Areas of Expertise: History of the Human Sciences, Especially Economics and Psychology; Historical Epistemology; Science and Democratic Governance; Science and Religion; Virtue Ethics


  • The Cost of Living in America: A Political History of Economic Statistics (Cambridge, 2009)
  • (co-edited with Phil Mirowski) Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program (Cambridge, 2011)

Recent Articles:

  •  "Re-conceiving Quality: Political Economy and the Rise of Hedonic Price Indexes (2011)"
  • "“Aftershocks from a Revolution: Ordinal Utility and Cost-of-Living Indexes (2011)”
  • "Shaping Knowledge about American Labor: External Advising at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Twentieth Century (2010)"
  • “Defining a ‘Living Wage’ in America: Transformations in Union Wage Theories, 1870-1930” (2008)
  • “Market Visions: Expenditure Surveys, Market Research, and Economic Planning in the New Deal” (2007)
  • “‘Housewife vs. Economist’: Gender, Class, and Domestic Economic Knowledge in Twentieth-Century America” (2004)

Office: 342 Decio Hall
Phone: 574-631-7540
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