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Richard F. Teichgraeber III

Professor of History and 2009-2010 CEPA Faculty Fellow

Richard F. Teichgraeber III

Tel 504-862-3237

303 Hebert Hall

Richard F. Teichgraeber III is Professor History at Tulane University, and served as the Director of the Murphy Institute from 1984 to 2009. He is the author of Building Culture: Studies in the Intellectual History of Industrializing America, 1867-1910 (2010); Sublime Thoughts/Penny Wisdom: Situating Emerson and Thoreau in the American Marketplace (1995) and “Free Trade” and Moral Philosophy: Rethinking the Sources of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (1986); and co-editor (with Thomas L. Haskell) of The Culture of the Market: Historical Essays (1993). His publications also include numerous other essays and reviews.

Teichgraeber’s current teaching and research interests focus on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American cultural history, especially the growth and consolidation of the American university system. Before coming to Tulane in 1979, he was a Teaching and Research Fellow in the Department of History at Stanford University, and has been the recipient of research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.

In 1989, he was named Louisiana Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education, and has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching while at Tulane. Teichgraeber received his B.A. from Amherst College, and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University.



Building Culture: Studies in the Intellectual History of Industrializing America, 1867-1910 , University of South Carolina Press, 2010.

Sublime Thoughts / Penny Wisdom: Situating Emerson and Thoreau in the American Market Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

The Culture of the Market: Historical Essays (ed. and intro. with Thomas L. Haskell), Cambridge University Press, 1993; pap. ed., 1996.

The Boundaries of Economics (ed. with Gordon C. Winston), Cambridge University Press, 1988.

‘Free Trade’ and Moral Philosophy: Rethinking Sources of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations Duke University Press, 1986; pap. ed., 1988; electronic edition,, 2000.

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (ed. and intro.), Random House: Modern Library College Edition, 1985.

Articles/Chapters in Books/Review Articles:

“Tenure Matters: An Historian’s Perspective” , Journal of Academic Freedom, American Association of University Professors, Volume 5, 2014.

“Beyond “Academicization”: The Postwar American University And Intellectual History” , Modern Intellectual History, 8,1 (2011), 127-146.

“ ‘More than Luther of these Modern Days’: The Construction of Emerson’s Reputation in American Culture, 1882-1903”, in Beyond Price: Value in Culture, Economics, and the Arts, eds. Michael Hutter and David Throsby (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

“The Rehistoricisation of Adam Smith”, The Adam Smith Review 2 (2006), 291-300.

“Literary Marketplace”, in American History Through Literature, 1820-1870, eds. Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert D. Sattelmeyer (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006), 673-79.

“Capitalism and Intellectual History”, Modern Intellectual History 1, 2 (2004), 267-282.

“The Academic Public Sphere: The University Movement in American Culture, 1870-1900”, in Cultures of Economy / Economics of Culture , eds. Jackson Lears and Jens Van Scherpenberg ( Publications of the Bavarian American Academy, Volume 4, Heidelberg, 2004), 147-60.

“Adam Smith and Tradition: the Wealth of Nations before Malthus,” in Economy, Polity, and Society: Essays in British Intellectual History, 1750-1950, Vol. 1, eds., Stefan Collini, Richard Whitmore, and Brian Young (Cambridge University Press, 2000), 85-104.

“Dugald Stewart”, Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment , ed. Alan C. Kors (Oxford University Press, 2002).

“Culture in Industrializing America”, Intellectual History Newsletter , Vol. 21, 1999, 11-23.

“‘Our National Glory: Emerson in American Culture, 1865-1882” , in Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement and Its Contexts , eds. Charles Capper and Conrad E. Wright (Massachusetts Historical Society Publications, 1999), 499-526.

“Rethinking Das Adam Smith Problem,” rpt. in Adam Smith , ed. Knud Haakonssen (Ashgate: International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy, 1998).

“History, Political Theory, and Interpretations of Adam Smith” , Political Theory , February, 1995, 147-65.

“The Culture of the Market” (with Thomas L. Haskell), in The Culture of the Market: Historical Essays , Richard F. Teichgraeber III and Thomas L. Haskell (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 1993, 1-39.

“A Yankee Diogenes: Thoreau and the Market,” in The Culture of the Market , 293-324.

“‘Professionalism’ and the Publishing Boom in British History” , Journal of British Studies , April, 1991, 221-235.

“‘Less Abused Than I Had Reason to Expect’: The Reception of the Wealth of Nations in Britain, 1776-90” , Historical Journal , June, 1987, 337-66.

“Rethinking Das Adam Smith Problem” , rpt. in New Perspectives on the Politics and Culture of Early Modern Scotland , ed. John Dwyer, et al., Edinburgh, 1982, 249-64.

“Rethinking Das Adam Smith Problem” , Journal of British Studies , Fall, 1981, 106-23.

“Hegel on Property and Poverty” , Journal of the History of Ideas , Jan.-Mar., 1977, 47-64.


“The Machiavellian Moment,” review of The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition , by J.G.A. Pocock, in University Publishing (Summer, 1978), 9.

Politics and Markets , by Charles Lindblom, and Two Cheers for Capitalism , by Irving Kristol, in The Texas Observer , November 3, 1978, 21-22.

Adam Smith’s Politics , by Donald Winch, in Eighteenth-Century Studies , Fall, 1979, 566-69.

“Understanding War” , review of Freedom and Independence , by Judith Shklar; Hegel , by Raymond Plant; Hegel , by Charles Taylor; and Hegel’s Retreat from Eleusis , by George Armstrong Kelly, in University Publishing (Winter, 1979), 1-2.

A System of Social Science: Papers Relating to Adam Smith , by Andrew Skinner , in The Economic Journal , September, 1980, 686.

The Cosmopolitan Ideal in Enlightenment Thought , by Thomas Schlereth , in the Journal of the History of Philosophy , October, 1980, 479-80.

“A World Split Apart” , review of The Foundations of Modern Political Thought , by Quentin Skinner, University Publishing (Winter, 1981), 3-4.

Dean Tucker and Eighteenth-Century Economic and Political Thought , by George Shelton, in The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography (n.s. 7, 1981), II, 125-26.

The Soul of Modern Economic Man: Ideas of Self-Interest, Thomas Hobbes to Adam Smith , by Milton L. Myers , in Political Theory , August, 1984, 443-46.

“The New Adam Smith: Some Recent Perspectives” , review of The Science of a Legislator: The Natural Jurisprudence of David Hume and Adam Smith , by Knud Haakonssen and Wealth and Virtue: The Shaping of Political Economy in the Scottish Enlightenment , eds. Istvan Hont and Michael Ignatieff, Eighteenth-Century Studies , Winter-Spring, 1985, 242-247.

The Essential Adam Smith , ed. and intro. Robert Heilbroner, in History of Political Economy , Summer, 1988, 328-29.

Private Vices, Public Benefits: Bernard Mandeville’s Social and Political Thought , by M.M. Goldsmith , in American Political Science Review , March, 1988, 274.

Hegel: Religion, Economics and the Politics of Spirit, 1770-1807 , by Laurence Dickey , in American Historical Review , February, 1989, 163-64.

Machinery, Money, and the Millennium: From Money Economy to Socialism, 1815-60 , by Gregory Claeys , in American Historical Review , June, 1989, 765-66.

“Was Adam Smith an Economist?” , review of Adam Smith’s Economics: Its Place in the Development of Economic Thought , by Maurice Brown in Economics and Philosophy , April, 1990, 165-169.

Governing Economy: The Reformation of German Economic Discourse, 1750-1840 , by Keith Tribe , in American Historical Review , December, 1990, 1567.

Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform , by Len Gougeon , in Journal of Southern History , August, 1992, 532-33.

Revolution, Economics, and Religion: Christian Political Economy, 1798-1833 , by A.M.C. Waterman , in American Historical Review , February, 1993, 163.

The Battleground of the Curriculum: Liberal Education and American Experience , by W.B. Carnochan, in New Orleans Times-Picayune , December 5, 1993, E-7.

Making Americans: An Essay on Individualism and Money , by Quentin Anderson , in Political Theory , May, 1994, 336-39.

21st Century Capitalism , by Robert Heilbroner, in New Orleans Times-Picayune , November 7, 1993, E-8.

Adam Smith in His Times and Ours , by Jerry Z. Muller , in American Historical Review , June, 1994, 868.

Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the East Asian Economic and Political System , by James Fellows, in New Orleans Times-Picayune , July 3, 1994, E-6-7.

Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America , by Jackson Lears, in New Orleans Times-Picayune , May 28, 1995, E-6.

Emerson and Self-Reliance , by George Kateb , in American Literature , September, 1995, 588-89.

Jihad vs. McWorld , by Benjamin R. Barber; and Rethinking America , by Hedrick Smith, in New Orleans Times-Picayune , October 8, 1995, E-7.

Really Existing Nationalisms: A Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels , by Erica Benner, in Tulanian , Fall, 1997, 6-7.

Individualism and Its Discontents: Appropriations of Emerson, 1880-1950 , by Charles E. Mitchell , in New England Quarterly , September, 1998, 499-502.

The Idea of Capitalism Before the Industrial Revolution , by Richard Grassby , EH.NET (June 2000).

Tulane: The Emergence of a Modern University , by Clarence L. Mohr and Joseph E. Gordon, in Tulanian , Summer, 2001, 6-11.

Harmony and Balance: An Intellectual History of Seventeenth-Century English Economic Thought , by Andrea Finkelstein, in Albion , Feb., 2001, 451-52.

Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s , by Nick Bromell, in New Orleans Times-Picayune , May 6, 2001, D-7.

The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 , by Niall Ferguson , in Business History Review , Winter, 2001, 893-95.

Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment , by Emma Rothschild , in Journal of Economics , Volume 80 (2003), No. 2, 181-183.

Understanding Emerson: “The American Scholar” and His Struggle for Self-Reliance , by Kenneth S. Sacks, in American Historical Review , December, 2004, 1560-61.