Deirdre McCloskey

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey (born 1942) is an American economist and philosopher. She is also transgender and made a gender transition in 1995 in the midst of a distinguished career, described in her 1999 book Crossing: A Memoir.

In 2003, McCloskey helped lead efforts to combat the academic exploitation of sex and gender minorities following the publication of The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey.


McCloskey was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and studied Economics at Harvard University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1964 and a Ph.D in 1970. During her career she held appointments at University of Chicago, University of Iowa, and University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2015 she was named Distinguished Professor of Economics and of History, and Professor of English and of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, Emerita.


McCloskey D (1999). Crossing: A Memoir. University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0226556680

McCloskey D (2003). Queer Science: A data-bending psychologist confirms what he already knew about gays and transsexuals. Reason.

McCloskey D (2007). McCloskey’s Back-and-Forth with Seth Roberts on the Bailey Controversy.


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