Timothy Shenk

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

  • teshenk@wustl.edu
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Umrath 234
  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Timothy Shenk is a historian of the United States with a particular interest in political economy, social theory, and the history of ideas. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2016. His first book, Maurice Dobb: Political Economist, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. He is currently at work on two books. The first, an intellectual biography of the American economy, is under contract with Princeton University Press. The second, a history of American politics from the writing of the Constitution to the election of Donald Trump, is under contract with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His other writings have appeared in a number of outlets, including the Nation, the New Republic, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and Dissent, where he is also book review editor.

Selected Publications

1. “Find the Method,” The London Review of Books, June 2017, 17-20.

2. “Dead Center,” The New Republic, January/February, 2016, 61-63.

3. “Democracy’s Revenge,” The Nation, November 7, 2016, 27-32.

4. “The Secret History of Trumpism,” The Guardian, August 16, 2016, G1-G3.

5. “Where Conservative Ideas Come From,” The Chronicle Review, July 8, 2016, B16.

6. “Happiness and the Hidden Wealth of Nations,” The Nation, December 14, 2015, 37.

7. “Les savoirs de l’économie / Economic knowledge,” with Timothy Mitchell, in Christophe Bonneuil and Dominique Pestre, eds., Histoire des sciences et des savoirs / History of Science and Knowledge (Paris: Seuil, 2015), 203-219.

8. “Apostles of Growth,” The Nation, November 24, 2014, 17-28.

9. “What Was Socialism?,” The Nation, May 5, 2014, 27-37.

10. Maurice Dobb: Political Economist (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

11. “The Long Shadow of Mont Pèlerin,” Dissent, Autumn 2013, 98-102.

12. “A Marxist in Keynes’ Court,” Jacobin, Autumn 2013, 38-45.

13. “Love in the Time of Capital,” Dissent, Summer 2012, 98-101.