Stefan Eich’s research is in political theory and the history of political thought, in particular the political theory of money and financial capitalism. He received his Ph.D. with departmental and university distinction in Political Science from Yale University (2016) and holds an M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge (2010), as well as a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford (2007).
His book project, The Currency of Politics: The Political Theory of Money from Aristotle to Keynes (under contract with Princeton University Press), recovers debates about money as a constitutive political institution by studying six moments of monetary crisis and their imprint in the history of political thought. Besides its analysis of the conceptual and historical roots of the political theory of money the book offers an account of the modern politics of monetary depoliticization and places this history in conversation with the contested future of money. He is also the co-editor of a forthcoming volume on regulating electronic money. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Political Theory, Modern Intellectual History, Capitalism and History, and History & Theory.
At Princeton, Eich teaches political theory and the history of political thought, including courses on race and credit in America, the political theory of money, and modern political thought from Hobbes to Du Bois. He also teaches in the Humanities Sequence and is a Faculty Fellow at the Scholars Institute Fellowship Program, Princeton’s support program for first-generation and low-income students.
Spring 2019 Course: POL 492 / HUM 492 / AAS 491 / AMS 492 The Politics of Race and Credit in America