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Jennifer Burns
Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
An Intellectual Biography of American Economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

A biography of the economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006).

I am writing the first archive driven, full-length intellectual biography of the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. The Age of Friedman uses Friedman’s life to explicate the rise of economics as the twentieth century’s master discipline, by showing how he and his Chicago colleagues progressively expanded the domain of price theory into an all purpose explanation of human choice. The book links this story to another critical transition in the modern United States: a turn away from economic equality as an animating impulse of political life. Ultimately, the Age of Friedman seeks to explain how a specific vision of free market capitalism became so central to our intellectual and political order.

Project fields:
American Government; Intellectual History; U.S. History

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Research Programs

$37,800 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 3/31/2018