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Jakob Feinig

Assistant Professor

CCPA Human Development


Jakob Feinig is a historical sociologist who interrogates the intersection of money creation and electoral democracy. His work looks at monetary struggles in British colonial North America and the United States. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Moral Economies of Money (under contract with Stanford University Press). Grounded in historical investigation, the purpose of his book is to inform strategies and policies that promise to democratize and humanize socio-economic life in the present.


  • PhD, Binghamton
  • MA, University of Vienna, Austria
  • DEUG, Marc Bloch University, France


  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, Binghamton University, 2014
  • Social Science Research Council-DPDF Fellowship, 2008
  • Graduate Scholars' Award, Binghamton University, 2006
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2006

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Recent Publications

  • 2021 (with Diren Valayden) “Notes on Teaching the Job Guarantee.” Radical Teacher, 199 (March).
  • 2020 “Notes on Monetary Institutions in State and Class Formation Processes.” Journal of Historical Sociology, 33(4): 601-613.
  • 2020 “Toward a Moral Economy of Money? Money as a Creature of Democracy.” Journal of Cultural Economy, 13(5): 531-547.
  • 2018 “Beyond the Double Movement and Re-Regulation: Polanyi and the Organized Denial of Money Politics.” Sociological Theory, 36(1): 67-87.
  • 2017 “The Moral Economy of Money between the Gold Standard and the New Deal.” Journal of Historical Sociology 30(2): 315-341.