Peter Spiegler is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He is a member of the editorial board of Cambridge University Press’ Strategies of Social Inquiry book series. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2005, his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government in 1998 and his A.B. in economics from Princeton University in 1992.
His research is focused primarily on the philosophy of economics and economic methodology. His recent work has explored the tensions inherent in the mathematical representation of social phenomena. The goal of this work has been to articulate a critique of mathematical modeling in economics that is at once practical and philosophically robust. His current project is a book length articulation of the critique, which includes a pragmatic program of methodological reform to address the problems identified by the critique.