Deirdre McCloskey

Deirdre McCloskey poses for a portrait in her home Friday June 3, 2016 in Chicago, Ill. McCloskey, a renowned economics professor, began transitioning from male to female in 1995 at the age of 53. 
CREDIT: Taylor Glascock for The Wall Street Journal
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Deirdre McCloskey poses for a portrait in her home Friday June 3, 2016 in Chicago, Ill. McCloskey, a renowned economics professor, began transitioning from male to female in 1995 at the age of 53. CREDIT: Taylor Glascock for The Wall Street Journal CROSSING

Deirdre McCloskey from 2000 to 2015 taught economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, being a “distinguished” professor in economics and history.  She was educated at Harvard and taught for a dozen years in Economics and then also in History at the University of Chicago, tenured, and nineteen years at the University of Iowa.  She has held visiting positions in England, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, and Australia.  Author of seventeen books and editor of eight others, and over four hundred scholarly articles, she is well known internationally in economics, economic history, rhetorical theory, philosophy of science, gender studies, and various other fields.  She describes herself now as a “postmodern free-market quantitative Episcopalian feminist Aristotelian.” Her latest books are Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (the third of a trilogy, The Bourgeois Era; University of Chicago Press 2016); Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World (the second 2010); The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives [with Stephen Ziliak; University of Michigan Press, 2008; bearing fruit in 2016 in a declared policy of the American Statistical Association against mechanical tests of “significance”], and The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Capitalism (the first 2006).  Before “The Bourgeois Era” trilogy her best-known books were The Rhetoric of Economics (University of Wisconsin Press 1st ed. 1985; 2nd ed. 1998) and Crossing: A Memoir (Chicago 1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book.