I am a scholar of U.S. and global history, with a particular focus on U.S. foreign relations, international political economy, development, and global environmental history. I am the author of Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and co-editor, with Erez Manela, of The Development Century: A Global History (Cambridge University Press, 2018). I have also published numerous articles, book chapters, and review essays.
My latest book explores criticisms about how the concept of “economic growth” has been defined, assessed, and measured across the world. Titled The Mismeasure of Progress, the book was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2020. Currently, he is researching and writing about the history of privatization in U.S. foreign relations, the history and evolution of management consulting, and the ecological consequences of U.S. foreign policy.
- Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, 2013
- M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2008
- B.A., Dartmouth College, 2006
Regions of Interest
- The United States
- The Global South
- History of political economy and international development
- History of U.S. foreign relations and international politics
- Environmental history
- Stephen Macekura, The Mismeasure of Progress: Economic Growth and Its Critics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
- Stephen Macekura and Erez Manela, eds. The Development Century: A Global History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018
- Stephen Macekura, Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.