EJSCE_RoniHirsch_(MelissaBlakall)_-10 (1)I work on the intersection of politics and economics, with particular attention to the twentieth century ‘market for risk’ and the historical bond between risk and profit. My dissertation mapped the ways the commodification of risk played a key role in shaping contemporary social antagonisms, from environmental degradation to financial fragility. My current book manuscripts, “Who Profits” and “The Price of Risk,” expand this exploration, delving deeper into the origins of profit in the labor theory of value and into twentieth century financial models and regulation. Both, I argue, should be seen not only as technical endeavors but as debates about distributive justice.

I received my PhD from the Political Science Department at UCLA, where I specialized in political theory and in the history of economics. I currently serve as a Polonsky Academy Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and a Visiting Lecturer at the Program for Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science at Hebrew University. In past years, I held resident fellowships at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. In addition, I held a postdoctoral fellowship in Markets, Ethics, and Law at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University.