James Livingston is Professor of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where where he teaches on American economic, cultural, and intellectual history. His most recent book, No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea, was published by the University of North Carolina Press. His previous book, Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul, was published by Basic Books.
Jim is the author of Origins of the Federal Reserve System: Money, Class, and Corporate Capitalism, 1890-1913 which was published by Cornell University Press and Pragmatism and the Political Economy of Cultural Revolution, 1850-1940 which was published by the University of North Carolina Press. About the latter, the American Historical Review wrote: “[Livingston’s] discussions, often lengthy and learned, of marginalist economic theory, [William] James’s use of the term “cash-value” Lewis Mumford’s misguided romanticism, Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, and the New Woman, are, quite simply, brilliant.”
Jim writes regularly for his own blog, www.politicsandletters.com, on matters of cultural and economic interest.