I am an enthusiastic teacher, and I bring my passion for learning in the classroom. In my research, I work in the history of economic thought, specializing in the 18th century. My focus is on Adam Smith, David Hume, monetary theories, and the Scottish Enlightenment.
I analyze how self-interest interacts with other motivational drives, with systematic biases, and with the surrounding institutional environment. I also explore the links between the Scottish Enlightenment and the results from behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and neuroeconomics.
I regularly publish in History of Political Economy (HOPE), The Journal of the History of Economic Thought (JHET), and History of Economic Ideas (HEI). I wrote the Routledge Guidebook of Smith's Wealth of Nations (2020).
The European Society for the History of Economic Thought awarded my HOPE 2008 "The Adam Smith Problem in Reverse: Self-Interest in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and Theory of Moral Sentiments" the prize of Best Article of Year (2009). I was the book review editor for the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, the vice-president of the History of Economics Society, and i am the current president of the International Adam Smith Society.
Ph.D. in Economics, George Mason University
M.A. in Economics, George Mason University
M.A/B.A in Political Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
“Do Not Take Peace for Granted: Adam Smith’s Warning on the Relation between Commerce and War” with Reinhard Schumacher. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 2019. 43.3: 785-797.
“Adam Smith Anti-Stoic” with Michele Bee. History of European Ideas. 2019. 2019. 45.4, 572-584.
“We Are Not The Center of The Universe: The Role of Astronomy in the Development of Morality in Adam Smith.” History of Political Economy. 2017. 49.3: 451-468.
“Boys Do Cry: Adam Smith on Wealth and Expressing Emotions” Journal of Scottish Philosophy. 2017. 15.1: 1-8.
“David Hume on Banking and Hoarding” Southern Economic Journal. 2014. 80.4: 968-980.
The Routledge Guidebook to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. 2020. Routledge.
Adam Smith and Rousseau: Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Co-Editor. With Dennis Rasmussen and Craig Smith. Edinburgh University Press. 2018.
Oxford Handbook on Adam Smith. Co-Editor. With Christopher Berry and Craig Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013.