Sophie Wilkowske is an MPhil student in Political Thought and Intellectual History at King’s College, supervised by Dr Christopher Brooke. She studied history as an undergraduate at Columbia University, where she wrote a thesis focused on emotional, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of women’s household accounting in early twentieth-century America. In New York, she worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Automobile Workers.
At Cambridge, Sophie is researching the conceptual and rhetorical role of children in early modern European political economy. She is interested in how notions of childhood interacted with the rise of modern ideas about commerce, finance, and humans’ economic natures. When writers used stories about children to describe market forces, for example, what did they imagine about the scope of society, the nature of economic behaviour, or the future? In studying children in economic thought, Sophie hopes to contribute to an ongoing conversation about the interrelation of morality and economics.
Centre for History and Economics,
Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK
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