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Deirdre N. McCloskey
(September 11, 1942 - living) U.S.A.

Deirdre N. McCloskey

Professor, historian, and feminist economist


Born Donald N. McCloskey at Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was educated at Harvard (she was the son of a professor there) but has spent her academic career in the Midwest, for twelve years at the University of Chicago, nineteen at the University of Iowa, and now at Illinois.

He was married for 30 years, the father of two, and an economics and history professor. McCloskey was a secret crossdresser for 41 years, as 'Jane.' At 52, he realized that his real identity was as a woman and began transitioning as 'Dee' to become 'Deirdre'.

He started gender change in November 1995, and underwent GRS in June 1996.

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McCloskey is University Professor of the Human Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999-present (Professor of History and of Economics), and Tinbergen Distinguished Professor, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1997-present.

Author of a dozen books and two hundred scientific articles, she is well known in economics, history, literary studies, communication, gender studies, and philosophy for her advocacy of a rhetorical and ethical approach to science and scholarship.

Her work has ranged from courses in "Price Theory" to "Ethics for Students of Business". Last year she published Crossing: A Memoir, which was widely acclaimed and this fall will publish How to Be Human - Though an Economist.


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