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 year-long 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 is also the editor of the book series, “New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History,” from Johns Hopkins University Press, and an associate editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, currently in the works from Oxford University Press. He has offered courses on early American social thought, money in early America, labor history, the history of the social sciences, and the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.