Deirdre N. McCloskey is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of fourteen books and the editor of seven others. She is also the author of hundreds of articles on economic history, theory, rhetoric, philosophy, feminism, and law.

Her recent work has focused on the rhetoric and ethics that underlie economic activity, as well as a close, critical re-assessment of economic and statistical methods. Her forthcoming book Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World will be the second in a projected four-part series on the origins of the modern bourgeoisie, and with it, the modern economic world.