Thomas Stapleford is Associate Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University in 2003, where he studied the history of the social sciences. His dissertation, revised and published as The Cost of Living in America: A Political History of Economic Statistics, 1880-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2009), won the Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Award from the History of Economics Society in 2004. Professor Stapleford was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008-2009. He has published articles on economic statistics and political economy in a variety of journals and is currently working on a history of family economics, the first effort by economists to make empirical studies of household life.