Deirdre Nansen McCloskey


  • Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, 2016 Upton Scholar

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is known as a “conservative” economist, Chicago-School style economist, though she describes herself as “a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive-Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not ‘conservative’! I’m a Christian libertarian.”

McCloskey taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2000 to 2015 in economics, history, English, and communication. A well-known economist and historian and rhetorician, she has written 17 books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistical theory to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues.

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