Research interests: History of economic thought; history of capitalism; models and correlations; eugenics; history and philosophy of the social sciences.
Max Ehrenfreund is a Ph.D. student in History of Science. He studies the history of social science, and economic science in particular. His current projects concentrate on the new set of statistical methods that researchers in Europe and the United States began to apply during the Great Depression. They hoped to use these methods not only to predict problems affecting society as a whole, such as unemployment, but also to predict personal problems in the lives of specific people who sought individualized scientific advice – problems such as unhappiness in marriage.
Born and raised in Oregon, Max was a previously a journalist, reporting on business and the economy for the Washington Post after stints at the Washington Monthly and the Sacramento Bee. He worked several beats, most recently writing about taxes.
BA., English, Yale University