Assistant Professor of Economics Keoka Grayson was invited to the 2013 Summer Institute on the History of Political Economy, a three-week seminar/discussion series to explore episodes in the history of economics in an interdisciplinary way.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed at Duke University, the conference hosted Grayson and 25 scholars from eight disciplines and large institutions such as Harvard, Florida State and the Ohio State, as well as small, distinguished liberal arts colleges like Pomona, Whitman and HWS.
The 2013 NEH Summer Institute, “The History of Political Economy,” was geared toward faculty in economics and the humanities who desire to explore economic knowledge in a historically informed, inter-disciplinary fashion.
Each week covered a different theme and period. Week one explored alternative readings and understandings of key texts from the 17th and 18th centuries. The second week examined alternative paradigms in economics that emerged in the 19th century. Week three was devoted to the question of the role of the state in the economy as it played out in the writings of certain justifiably famous 20th century economists.
“It was an immensely rich experience for me, both as a scholar and as a teacher,” Grayson says.
Grayson joined the faculty in 2012 after earning her M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Arizona; her M.S. in mathematics at University of New Orleans; and her B.A. at Xavier University.