Publications & C.V.

My major publications and book reviews are listed below (in reverse chronological order by category). A reasonably up-to-date c.v. can be found on my faculty page on my department website.


Robert Van Horn, Philip Mirowski, and Thomas Stapleford, eds., Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program (399 pp.; Cambridge University Press, 2011).

The Cost of Living in America: A Political History of Economic Statistics, 1880–2000. (420 pp.; Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Research Articles in Journals & Edited Volumes

“Engineering the ‘Statistical Control of Business’: Malcolm Rorty, Telephone Engineering, and American Economics, 1900–1930.” History of Political Economy 52, annual supplement (2020): 59–84.

“Making and the Virtues: The Ethics of Scientific Research.” Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences 5, no. 1 (2018): 28–50.

Reilly, Timothy S., and Thomas A. Stapleford. “Science, Virtue, and Moral Formation.” Journal of Moral Education 47, no. 3 (2018): 267–71.

“Businesspersons and the Making of American Econometrics, 1910 – 1940.” History of Political Economy 49, no. 2 (2017): 233–65.

“Econometrics.” In Modernism and the Social Sciences: Anglo-American Exchanges, c.1918–1980, edited by Mark Bevir, 39–76. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“Historical Epistemology & the History of Economics: A View Through the Lens of Practice.” Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology 35A (2017): 113–45. (Accepted version here.)

Hicks, Daniel J., and Thomas A. Stapleford. 2016. “The Virtues of Scientific Practice: MacIntyre, Virtue Ethics, and the Historiography of Science.” Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 107 (3): 449–72.

“Navigating the Shoals of Self-Reporting: Data Collection and US Expenditure Surveys since 1920.” History of Political Economy, 44, annual supplement (2012): 160–82.

“Positive Economics for Democratic Policy: Milton Friedman, Institutionalism, and the Science of History.” In Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program, edited by Robert Van Horn, Philip Mirowski, and Thomas A. Stapleford, 1–35. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. https://doi-org/10.1017/CBO9781139004077.005.

“Reconceiving Quality: Political Economy and the Rise of Hedonic Price Indexes.” History of Political Economy 43, Annual Supplement (2011): 309–28.

“Aftershocks from a Revolution: Ordinal Utility and Cost-of-Living Indexes.” Journal of the History of Economic Thought 33, no. 2 (2011): 187–222.

“Shaping Knowledge about American Labor: External Advising at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Twentieth Century.” Science in Context 23, no. 2 (2010): 187–220.

“Defining a ‘living Wage’ in America: Transformations in Union Wage Theories, 1870-1930.” Labor History 49, no. 1 (2008): 1–22. https://doi-org/10.1080/00236560701740002.

“Market Visions: Expenditure Surveys, Market Research, and Economic Planning in the New Deal.” Journal of American History 94, no. 2 (2007): 418–44.

“‘Housewife vs. Economist’: Gender, Class, and Domestic Economic Knowledge in Twentieth-Century America.” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 1, no. 2 (2004): 89–112.

Book Reviews

Eli Cook, The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life (Harvard University Press, 2017), in Business History Review 92, no. 2 (2018): 365-368.

Joseph Postell, Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State’s Challenge to Constitutional Government (University of Missouri Press, 2017), in Review of Politics 80, no. 3 (2018): 544-547.

Till Düppe and Roy Weintraub, Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit (Princeton, 2014), in Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 106, no. 4 (December 2015): 988-989.

Dan Bouk, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (University of Chicago, 2015), in Journal of Economic Literature 53 (December 2015): 1024-1026.

Carolyn M. Goldstein. Creating Consumers: Home-Economists in Twentieth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), forthcoming in Enterprise & Society.

Joy Rohde, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War (Cornell, 2013), in Journal of American History 101, no. 2 (2014): 655-656.

Douglas W. Allen, The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Emergence of the Modern World (University of Chicago, 2012), in Business History Review 87, no. 3 (Autumn 2013): 596-599.

Andrew L. Yarrow, Measuring America: How Economic Growth Came to Define American Greatness in the Late Twentieth Century (University of Massachusetts, 2010), in American Historical Review 117, no. 3 (June 2012): 899-900.

Maarseveen, Klep, and Stamhuis, eds., The Statistical Mind in Modern Society: The Netherlands, 1850 – 1940, 2 volumes (Amsterdam: Aksant Academic Publishers, 2008), in Isis 102, no. 1 (March 2011): 195-197.

“Stabile’s The Living Wage: The Living Wage and the History of Economics.” Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology 28-A (2010): 329-338.