:: CHAIR: Roberts, Jennifer L
Christine Desan, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is the co-leader with Professor Sven Beckert (FAS-History) of Harvardís Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism. Her research centers on money and the market as a pairing of form and substance that organizes the political economy of modern liberalism. Casting money as pure function allows exchange between enterprising individuals to claim the status of basic agency and models public, regulatory, and legal imperatives as reactive or responsive logics. Desan maps a contrasting story that explores money as a legal and political project, one that configures the market it sets out to measure. Her articles include "Coin Reconsidered: The Political Alchemy of Commodity Money," Theoretical Inquiries in Law 287 (January, 2010), and "Beyond Commodification: Contract and the Credit-Based World of Modern Capitalism," forthcoming in Transformation of American Law II: Essays for Morton Horwitz (2009). She is currently completing a book called Making Money: Coin, Credit, and the Coming of Capitalism in the Anglo-American World.
Professor Desan is serving, and/or has served, on the following American Civilization dissertation committee(s):
“The Nervous American” (Kevin Burke)
Contact information: Christine Desan, Harvard Law School