Dr. Sandra J. Peart became the fourth dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies in 2007. A national leader in her field, Dr. Peart is president of the International Adam Smith Society, a former president of the History of Economics Society, and co-director of the annual Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought.
A distinguished scholar with special expertise in the history of economic thought and political economy, especially in the context of ethical leadership, she has focused her research in this area on the following broad questions: How do individuals, who are motivated by private interests, come together to make decisions about the group? How well do people make such decisions? Are we all equally able to decide?
She has applied her insights to leadership, where she argues that one means by which to prevent ethical failures of leadership is to suppose that we are all equally capable of leading (or learning to lead). She then asks what this would mean institutionally and has argued in favor of trials of randomized leadership as an institutional framework that might yield “good” – ethical and effective – leadership.
Dr. Peart has published more than 60 refereed articles and another 50 contributions to books and encyclopedias in the areas of constitutional political economy, leadership in experimental settings, ethics and economics, and nineteenth century economic thought. She is the author or editor of nine books, including most recently Hayek on Mill: The Mill-Taylor Friendship and Related Writings, published by University of Chicago Press, and Escape from Democracy: The Roles of Experts and the Public in Economic Policy, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press. Her research has been supported by the NEH and the SSHRCC.
In 2005-06, she was a fellow of the American Council on Education. In 2009, she joined the Board of Directors for LEAD VIRGINIA. Before coming to the Jepson School, she taught at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where she led the development of a leadership studies program, and at the College of William and Mary.
She has written popular articles on leadership and ethics for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, the Washington Post, and other outlets.
Escape from Democracy: The Roles of Experts and the Public in Economic Policy. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
Hayek on Mill: The Mill-Taylor Friendship and Related Writings. University of Chicago Press, 2015.
F. A. Hayek and the Modern Economy, co-edited with David M. Levy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
The Street Porter and the Philosopher: Conversations on Analytical Egalitarianism, co-edited with David M. Levy. University of Michigan Press, 2008.
The 'Vanity of the Philosopher': From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-classical Economics, with David M. Levy. University of Michigan Press, 2005.
The Political Economy of Slavery (4 volumes). Co-edited with David M. Levy. Thoemmes Continuum, 2004.
William Stanley Jevons: Critical Responses (4 volume collection). London: Routledge, 2003.
Reflections on the Classical Canon in Economics: Essays in Honor of Samuel Hollander. Co-edited with Evelyn Forget. London: Routledge, 2001.
The Economics of W.S. Jevons. London: Routledge, 1996.
Learning from Failure: A Review of Peter Schuck's 'Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better (With David M. Levy), Journal of Economic Literature, 53(3)(2015): 667-74.
That ‘Most Inexhaustible of all Topics’: Reflections on the Leadership Studies Curriculum at the Jepson School, Journal of Leadership Studies (2014).
Learning from Scandal about what We Know and what We Think We Know (with David M. Levy), Homo Oeconomicus (2013).
The Past as a Public Good, Social Science and Modern Society 49 (2012): 240-46.
Leadership, Cheap Talk and Really Cheap Talk, (with David M. Levy, Kail Padgitt, Daniel Houser, and Erte Xiao) Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 77 (2011): 40-52.
We're all 'Persons' now: Classical Economists and their Opponents on Marriage, the Franchise, and Socialism, Presidential Address, Journal of the History of Economic Thought 31 (2009): 3-20.
Rawls on Robbins: Reading Robbins as the 'Best' Utilitarian (with David M. Levy), Economica 76 (2009): 791-804.
Thinking about Analytical Egalitarianism (with David M. Levy), American Journal of Economics and Sociology 67 (July 2008): 473-79.
Adam Smith, Collusion and "Right" at the Supreme Court (with David M. Levy), Supreme Court Economic Review 16 (2008): 159-63.
Discussion, Construction and Evolution: Mill, Buchanan and Hayek on the Constitutional Order (with David M. Levy), Constitutional Political Economy 19 (spring 2008): 3-18.
Inducing Greater Transparency: Towards the Establishment of Ethical Rules for Econometrics (with David M. Levy), Eastern Economic Journal 34:1 (Winter 2008): 103-114.
"The Ethics Problem: Toward a Second-Best Solution to the Problem of Economic Expertise" (with David M. Levy), The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics, edited by George E. DeMartino and Deirdre N. McCloskey. Oxford University Press 2016.
“Hayek's Sympathetic Agents” (with David M. Levy), Hayek and Liberalism, edited by Andrew Farrant. Routledge 2010.
“The Place of Factions” (with David M. Levy), Elgar Companion to Adam Smith, edited by Jeffrey Young, Elgar 2008.
“Counterfeiting Truth: Statistical Reporting on the Basis of Trust” (with David M. Levy) in Game Theory and Linguistic Meaning. Edited by Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen. Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Vol. 18. Elsevier. 2007, pp. 39-48.
In the News
Kenya Students Visit Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
Kenyan students in Barack Obama Leadership Program visit Richmond University
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016
Around Robin Hood's Barn (Economic Principals)
Sun., Mar. 20, 2016
Opinion: On Thankfulness and Remembering
Sun., Nov. 15, 2015
Book edited by Dean Peart featured in The New York Review of Books
Fri., Mar. 13, 2015
Are We 'Too Dumb' for Democracy? Thoughts on Leadership and Discussion in a Democratic Society (New York Times, In Leadership)
Mon., Nov. 3, 2014
Malthusian ideas, used and abused (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Sandra Peart named president of the International Adam Smith Society
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
NYT article discusses research by Sandra Peart
Tue., Mar. 19, 2013
Peart to moderate LEAD VIRGINIA's "Conversations with Leaders: Women in Leadership" program
Opinion: Overhauling how we teach leadership (Washington Post)
Tue., Feb. 12, 2013
Are ethics in business still important?
Mon., Sep. 24, 2012
Peart to deliver keynote address on effective and ethical leadership in healthcare
Wed., Sep. 12, 2012
Vantage Point: Changing the World
Thu., May. 24, 2012
Dean Peart featured in Inside Higher Ed article on UR's new academic leadership
Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
Wall Street Journal article features research by Dean Sandra J. Peart
Sat., Nov. 6, 2010
Dean Peart op-ed in USA Today: Ethics in an Uncivil Age
Professors opine on inclusivity
Wed., Mar. 17, 2010
Review of The Vanity of the Philosopher
Peart's presidential address at the History of Economics Society Conference published in journal
A plea for heath care reform
Fri., Apr. 24, 2009
Peart named to LEAD VIRGINIA board of directors
Fri., Apr. 24, 2009
Dean serves as leader-in-residence at Maryland girl's school
Peart's book named among the nation's best