Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Distinguished Affiliated Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program at the Mercatus Center. She is the author of many books, including Historical Impromptus: Notes, Reviews, and Responses on the British Experience and the Great Enrichment (2020) and the upcoming Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World (with Art Carden).
Trained at Harvard as an economist, by her own account she "drifted," writing on economic theory, economic history, philosophy, rhetoric, feminism, ethics, transgender advocacy, statistical theory, politics, and law. She taught for twelve years in economics at the University of Chicago, and was tenured there. She now describes herself as a "postmodern, free-market, quantitative, literary, Episcopalian, feminist Aristotelian."