Associate Professor of History
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Jeffrey Sklansky specializes in the intellectual, economic, and social history of capitalism in early America, particularly the history of political and economic thought. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, Sklansky received his M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) in History from Columbia University, where he did his doctoral work on the ideological roots of modern American social science.
From there he went to Northwestern University as a postdoctoral fellow in the Science in Human Culture program, then moved to Oregon State in 1997, where he taught until coming to UIC in 2011. His first book, The Soul’s Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), won the 2004 Cheiron Book Prize from Cheiron, the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He is currently working on a book entitled The Money Question: Currency in American Political Culture, 1700-1900 (under contract with the University of Chicago Press), which traces the rise and fall of the two-hundred-year struggle over what should serve as money, who should control its creation and circulation, and according to what rules. His work has been supported by long-term fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He offers courses on early American social thought, the history of the social sciences, the history of American capitalism, and the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, among other topics. He also co-leads the Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism at the Newberry Library.
Recent Publications: “Labor, Money, and the Financial Turn in the History of Capitalism,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 11:1 (Spring 2014): 23-46.
“Marxism in the Age of Financial Crises: Why Conventional Economics Can’t Explain the Great Recession,” New Labor Forum 21: 3 (Fall 2012): 49-56.
“The Elusive Sovereign: New Intellectual and Social Histories of Capitalism, Modern Intellectual History 9:1 (April 2012): 233-248.
Office: 921 UH, MC 198