Margaret Schabas’ achievements in the philosophy and history of economics have straddled the humanities and social sciences in an admirable fashion, with important refereed contributions in journals and edited books as well as two substantial monographs on the economist-scientist William Stanley Jevons, “A World Ruled by Numbers” (1990), and “Natural Origins of Economics” (2005). Out of her study of the emergence of classical political economy, Dr. Schabas has moved on to the major and challenging task of re-thinking Hume for twenty-first century scholars in a way which speaks to economists, historians, and philosophers.
The international respect in which Professor Schabas is held is evident in the prestigious grants and fellowships she has held outside of Canada. She has held fellowships at Stanford University, a Mellon at Harvard, a Dibner at MIT, a Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, and a Lachmann Fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Schabas was educated at the University of Indiana, with an AM in History and Philosophy of Science; the University of Michigan, MA in Economics; and the University of Toronto, PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She held academic appointments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and York University before joining UBC as Professor in 2001.