Joel Kaye

Professor of History

Barnard College

Joel Kaye, Professor of History, joined the Barnard faculty in 1992. His scholarly interests center on medieval intellectual history, with special interest in the history of science and the history of economic and political thought. His research and scholarship have been supported by the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies; the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers; the National Science Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book, Economy and Nature in the Fourteenth Century: Money, Market Exchange, and the Emergence of Scientific Thought, earned the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America as the best first book by in medieval studies. His article “The Impact of Money on the Development of Fourteenth-Century Scientific Thought,” won the 1990 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize of the Medieval Academy of America. His most recent book appeared in 2014, A History of Balance, 1250-1375: The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and Its Impact on Thought, published by Cambridge University Press.