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Albert Hirschman and the Social Sciences

Past Series, The Disciplines Series

Headshot of Albert Hirschman

Albert O. Hirschman, who died on December 10, 2012, was one of the most fascinating and versatile social scientists of the twentieth century. After fleeing Germany as a young opponent to the Nazi regime, he moved across countries, languages, and disciplinary boundaries. He was a pioneer of development economics and other social sciences, to which he contributed with exemplary works on the analysis of the processes and mechanisms of political, economic, and social change. Following Hirschman's own interdisciplinary approach, this panel will explore the milestones of his incredibly rich intellectual journey.

The transcript from the roundtable discussion is available at Humanity Journal.

  • Jeremy Adelman Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture Princeton University
  • Michele Alacevich Assistant Professor of History and Director of Global Studies Loyola University, Maryland
  • Victoria de Grazia Moore Collegiate Professor of History Columbia University
  • Ira Katznelson Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History Columbia University
  • Nadia Urbinati Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies Columbia University