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Research Project

The Economy and Its Boundaries

2016 – 2018

Key Question

Project Summary

This project advanced a cross-disciplinary, humanistic social science of economic life by asking: Where, within different methodological and disciplinary approaches, can “the economy” be located? How and for what purposes can it be analyzed? How might various approaches inform one another?

Research Team

Elaine Hadley

Elaine Hadley

Professor, Department of English, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

University of Chicago

Elaine Hadley is a scholar of nineteenth-century British culture, a period that has generously left behind a wide range of materials to examine. She has been especially committed in recent years to thinking about popular culture broadly defined (theater, journalism, cheap fiction) and political...

Kimberly Hoang

Kimberly Hoang

Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Global Studies

University of Chicago

Kimberly Hoang is the author of Spiderweb Capitalism: How Global Elites Exploit Frontier Markets (Princeton University Press, 2022), which provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the rich and powerful use offshore shell corporations to conceal their wealth and make themselves richer....

Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy

James Westfall Thompson Professor of US History, Fundamentals, Social Thought, and the College; Associate Faculty Member, Law School; Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

University of Chicago

Jonathan Levy is a historian of economic life and of the United States, with interests in the relationships among business history, political economy, legal history, and the history of ideas and culture. His most recent book, Ages of American Capitalism (Random House, 2021), traces the...

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