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E. Roy Weintraub, Professor of Economics

E.  Roy Weintraub

RRoy Weintraub was trained as a mathematician and began his career as a mathematical economist. In the 1980s he reconstructed his research and teaching activities to focus upon the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the twentieth century. That work, in the history of economics, helped shape the understanding of economists and historians: his General Equilibrium Theory (1985), Stabilizing Dynamics (1991), Toward a History of Game Theory (ed.) (1992) and How Economics Became a Mathematical Science (2002) charted the transformation of economics from a historical to a mathematical discipline.

In recent years his work has turned more self-consciously historiographic, resulting in edited volumes on The Future of the History of Economics (2002) and Economists Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics (2007). A former President of the History of Economics Society, his books and articles have been variously translated into Japanese, Chinese, French, Greek, Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian. Currently he is Associate Editor of the journals History of Political Economy and the Economics Bulletin, and Co-Editor of the book series Science and Cultural Theory. In 2011 he was named a “Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society”.

He has held visiting positions at the University of Hawaii, UCLA, the University of Rome, the University of Bristol, the University of Venice, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He has been one of the few economists honored by a fellowship year at the National Humanities Center. At Duke he was Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics from 1972 to 1983, Chair of that department from 1983 to 1987, Acting Director of the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences in 1987, Director of the Center for Social and Historical Studies of Science from 1995-1999, and has twice chaired the Academic Council, Duke’s faculty senate. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has served terms on the Advisory Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure, the Academics Priorities Committee, the Faculty Compensation Committee, and has chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Resources. He served for many years as a pre-major advisor and a teacher of first-year seminars, and has been Director of the Honors Program for the Department of Economics, and Faculty Fellow in the former Edens Federation for Residential Life. In 1992 he won the Howard Johnson Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Professor Weintraub received his A.B. degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Duke University faculty in 1970 following a first academic position at Rutgers University. He lives with his family in Durham.

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Office Location:  007D Social Sciences
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1838
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Teaching (Fall 2014):

    Social Sciences 327, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Ph. D. (Applied Mathematics)University of Pennsylvania1969
M.S. (Applied Mathematics)University of Pennsylvania1968
A.B. (Mathematics)Swarthmore College1964

History of Economics
Research Interests:

Current projects: He is presently working on two book projects: the first (with collaborator Till Duppe) is on Arrow, Debreu, and McKenzie and their construction of a general competitive equilibrium; the second (as editor) concerns MIT and the transformation of Post War economics.

Professor Weintraub's current research interests include, and his current projects involve, issues in the historiography of economics particularly the role of biography, autobiography, and letters, and the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the 20th century.

Areas of Interest:

Life writing and the history of economics
Historiography of economics
History of the mathematization of economics


History of Modern Economics

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Pedro Duarte  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Verena Halsmeyer (Fall 2012)  
  • Beatrice Cherrier (Fall 2009, Fall 2010)  
  • Yann Giraud (2008-2009)  
  • Tiago Mata (2007-2008)  
  • Catherine Herfeld (2012-2013)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. E. R. Weintraub and Evelyn L. Forget (eds.), Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics (2007), pp. vii + 402, Duke University Press
  2. E. R. Weintraub, How Economics Became a Mathematical Science, Science and Cultural Theory (2002), Duke University Press, xiii + 313 pages
  3. E. R. Weintraub (ed.), The Future of the History of Economics (2002), Duke University Press, vii + 422 pages
  4. E. R. Weintraub (ed.), Toward a History of Game Theory (1992), Duke University Press, vi + 306 pages
  5. E. R. Weintraub, Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge, Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics (1991), Cambridge University Press, x + 178 pages (Translation: Japanese. Teruo Kojima (trans.) Bunka Shobo Hakubun sha Publishing, Ltd., Tokyo, 1994. Translation (Chapter 6): Hungarian. Aladár Madarász (trans.) in Aladár Madarász (ed.), Közgazaságtani Eszmetötrénet. Budapest: Osiris Kiadó, 2000.)
  6. E. R. Weintraub, General Equilibrium Analysis: Studies in Appraisal, Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics (1985), Cambridge University Press, ix + 191 pages (Paperback edition: Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.)
  7. E. R. Weintraub, Mathematics for Economists: An Integrated Approach (1982), Cambridge University Press, , xiii + 181 pages (Chinese translation: Publishing House of Economic Science. Series: The Treasure House of Foreign Economics Textbook, 1998.)
  8. E. R. Weintraub, Microfoundations: The Compatibility of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Cambridge Surveys of Economic Literature (1979), Cambridge University Press, viii + 175 pages (Translations: French, Fondements Microeconomiques, Paris: Economica, 1980; Spanish, Microfundamentos, Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1985.)
  9. E. R. Weintraub, Conflict and Cooperation in Economics, Macmillan Studies in Economics (1975), pp. iii + 93, Macmillan
  10. E. R. Weintraub, General Equilibrium Theory, Macmillan Studies in Economics (1974), Macmillan, i + 64 (Translations: Spanish, Teoria del equilibrio general, Barcelona: Vicens-Vives, 1978; Italian, La Teoria dell'equilibrio generale, Napoli: Liguori Editore, 1978; Greek, Θεωρία Γενικηζ Ίσορροπίαζ, 1978.)

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