Steven G. Medema is the George Family Research Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University, the Associate Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy, and a Research Associate in the School of Law. He was previously University Distinguished Professor of Economics, President’s Teaching Scholar, and Director of the University Honors and Leadership Program at the University of Colorado Denver. He received his B.A. (Economics) from Calvin College in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 1989.

Dr. Medema’s research focuses on the history of twentieth-century economics, and he is the author of well over 100 books and articles dealing with various aspects of the history of economics, law and economics, and public economics. His 2009 book, The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas (Princeton), was awarded the 2010 Book Prize from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET). His most recent book, The Economics Book: From Xenophon to Cryptocurrency, 250 Milestones in the History of Economics, brings the history of economics to a more general audience. Dr. Medema is currently working on a book-length project entitled, “Legal Fiction: An Intellectual History of the Coase Theorem,” for which he received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Dr. Medema served as Editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought from 1999-2008 and is currently the general editor of “Oxford Studies in the History of Economics,” published by Oxford University Press. He is a member of the editorial boards of several history of economics journals and the Book Reviews Editor for History of Political Economy, where he also serves as an associate editor. He was elected President of the History of Economics Society for 2009-10, served on the Executive Committee of ESHET from 2012-2016, and was a member of the ESHET Scientific Council from 2000-2006.


Phone: (919) 660-1802

Email: steven.medema@duke.edu

Office: Social Sciences 07D

Mail: 213 Social Sciences Building, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708, USA