Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Rhetoric, especially rhetoric of science and scholarship; history of rhetoric; language and the economy. She is joint with the Departments of Economics, History, and English at UIC, and visits regularly at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (in Philosophy, Economics, and Art and Cultural Studies). Her most recent project is a projected four volumes on The Bourgeois Virtues, volume 1 of which, Ethics for a Commercial Age, is drafted. She has written a dozen books and edited a dozen others, and has written some 300 scholarly articles in economics, British history, rhetoric of economics, statistical theory, literary criticism, sociology of science, law and economics, academic policy; and an autobiography Crossing: A Memoir, which was a New York Times Notable Book in 1999. Her books most relevant to Communications are The Rhetoric of Economics (1985; 2nd ed. 1998), If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economics Expertise (1990), and Knowledge and Persuasion in Economics (1994); and among edited books, with J. Nelson and A. Megill, The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences: Language and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs. She has taught in Australia, the Netherlands, and England, and has been a Guggenheim and National Humanities fellow.
PhD, Economics; Harvard University
Email: deirdre2 (at) uic (dot) edu