Eli Cook

Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University

Eli Cook is a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University. He receieved his PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University in 2013, and his BA in History and Economics from Tel Aviv University in 2007. He is currently working on turning his dissertation into a book manuscript, under contract with Harvard University Press, titled The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Growth of American Capitalism. The book tackles a history of statistical economic indicators in America, and argues tthat quantification techniques developed by businessmen in early American history were crucial to the development of national profit indicators, such as the Gross Domestic Product. He specializes in the history of American capitalism and the history of modern economic thought.