| Harvard University|
| October 8, 1951 (age 64) (1951-10-08) |
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
After Adam Smith: A Century of Transformation in Politics and Political Economy, The American Revolution in the law
Shannon C. Stimson Wikipedia
Shannon C. Stimson (born October 8, 1951) is an American political theorist, philosopher, and historian of ideas, whose work and teaching spans the economic and political thought of both ancient societies and the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has been Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1991, where she is also affiliated and has served on the faculty boards of programs in the Political Economy of Industrial Societies, and of Peace and Conflict Studies. Professor Stimson received her PhD from Harvard University, and prior to moving to Berkeley taught at Harvard as both a graduate student and then a faculty member from 1976 to 1991. She has held the Fulbright Professorship in the United Kingdom, the Christensen Fellowship of St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, an appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Queens' College, Cambridge University and the John K. Castle Chair in Ethics, Politics and Economics, and in Political Science at Yale University. Her research has been supported through fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, as well as by several prize fellowships. Her articles have appeared in numerous edited volumes, journals of political thought, economics, the history of economic thought, and political science in America and Europe. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, and presently serves on the editorial board of the Adam Smith Review, and has contributed to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought.
Stimson's early work focused on the intersection of legal, constitutional, and revolutionary thought in 17th and 18th century Anglo-America. Her work focused on the study of both English and colonial juries in revolutionary periods and introduced to political theory the concept of "judicial space" as an incisive tool for organizing, interpreting, and evaluating various strands of English and American political thought, and for challenging the uninterrogated assumption of a basic unity of vision at the roots of Anglo-American jurisprudence. She introduced the judicial space concept to political theory in order to account for the development of the highly political role of the new Supreme Court in late 18th-century and early 19th-century American political thought, a judicial body having no clear, previous counterpart in English jurisprudence.
Stimson's work in the history and theory of political economy has focused on the intersection and mutual interplay of economic and political theorizing and debate in the writing of the classical political economists after Adam Smith. This work, undertaken together with Cambridge economist Murray Milgate, has emphasized one set of conceptual transformations in politics and political economy that took place during a part of what has been called the classical period of political economy, and directly challenged the casual association of Smith's name and ideological imprimatur with contemporary neoclassical and neoconservative economic arguments for the reestablishment of an "invisible hand" as the prime regulator of complex national and globalized markets, as well as the unsubstantiated belief in a putatively Smithian inspired version of perfect competition to promote efficiency in the allocation of resources such that all would be fully utilized to the greatest social and individual benefit. The importance of her work on this topic has been recognized in 2011 with its receipt of the David and Elaine Spitz Prize from the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought. This international award, honoring the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory published in the previous two years, has in the past honored as well the work of political thinkers and philosophers such as John Rawls, Sheldon Wolin, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Dahl, and Joseph Raz.