Program of Liberal Studies
B.M.E., B.A., University of Delaware; M.S., University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., Harvard University
Tom Stapleford studies the human sciences in the early twentieth century, particularly economics and the mind sciences (psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience). He 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).” He is currently working on a history of "family economics" in the early twentieth century (the first attempt by economists to study the economic aspects of domestic life), while also pursuing other projects about economic statistics and American political economy. Stapleford’s dissertation won the Josepf Dorfman Award from the History of Economics Society in 2004, and he was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008-2009.