Past Faculty

Albert O. Hirschman

School of Social Science
Affiliation
Social Science

Renowned in the field of social science, Albert O. Hirschman contributed highly influential work in economics and politics in developing countries that has had a profound impact on economic thought and practice in the United States and beyond. Over the course of his long and productive career, Hirschman earned a reputation for progressive, lucid, and brilliantly argued contributions to economics, the history of ideas, and the social sciences. Inspired by the complexity of human behavior and social reality rather than by traditional economic models, he applied a subtle and iconoclastic perspective to reappraising conventional wisdom.

Dates at IAS
Emeritus
  • Social Science
7/198512/2012
Faculty
  • Social Science
9/19746/1985
Member
  • Social Science
9/197210/1973
Degrees
Università degli Studi di Trieste Ph.D., 1938
École des Hautes Études Commerciales and Institut de Statistique, Sorbonne Diploma, 1935
Honors
Benjamin E. Lippincott Award (American Political Science Association) 2003
Thomas Jefferson Medal (American Philosophical Society) 1998
Toynbee Prize 1997
Kalman Silvert Prize (Latin American Studies Association) 1986
Talcott Parsons Prize for Social Science (American Academy of Arts and Sciences) 1983
Appointments
Institute for Advanced Study 1974–1985 Professor
Harvard University 1964–1974 Professor (Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy 1967–74)
Columbia University 1958–1964 Professor