I am a historian of economics. My main topic is the history of visualization in recent economics. I study how diagrams, graphs, pictures and tables have been used by economists as means of theorizing and/or for educational purposes. My most recent work is concerned with the history of economic education in the United States in the postwar period. I am interested in the way changes in economics textbooks and curriculums, as well as the more institutional debates within the economics professions, have reflected and/or affected the development of economic theorizing and its role in dealing with social issues. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how the development of economic methods is entrenched in peculiar communities and cultural practices. I am curious about how far we can go in using science studies and cultural history as role models for writing interesting new narratives in the history of economics. I am an assistant-Professor and a researcher at THEMA (CNRS UMR 8184) and I teach economics and management at the University of Cergy-Pontoise and at Sciences-Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye. I am also a member of the organizing committee of HISRECO (History of Recent Economics Conference) and co-organizer of the History of ‘Economics as Culture’ workshop.

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These dangerous postmodern relativists, Part I: Merchants of doubt

Article | Nov 14, 2011

A recent e-mail conversation I had with Harro Maas concerning one of my latest drafts (shameless self-promotion) made me buy and read Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway’s, Merchants of Doubts.

Bretton Woods, Past and Present: 4. The Teaching of Economics

Article | Oct 1, 2011

This one is different. Tiago, Benjamin and Floris have asked a dozen economists in the Bretton Woods hotel hall to reflect on the way their teaching has been affected by the current economic crisis and their answers, taken collectively, are quite puzzling.

Progress in Economics: A Comment

Article | Sep 19, 2011

I thought I could use some of my illegitimate blog administrator’s privileges to participate in the discussion on the “progress in economics” post by Floris without being lost in the midst of other users’ comments.

Warren J. Samuels (1933-2011)

Article | Aug 18, 2011

On this blog, we like to overstate quite a bit our irreverence towards the establishment and in particular our senior colleagues.