Dr Mary Wrenn

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  • Department:FBL - Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Telephone:+4411732 87010

About me

Mary originally hails from the United States where she was an Associate Professor of Economics until 2011, when she decided to uproot her life and move to the UK to take up the position of the Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge.  At the end of that Fellowship, Mary moved to Bristol and took up the position of Senior Lecturer with the Economics faculty at UWE.


Mary is an internationally recognized scholar and prolific researcher on the topic of neoliberalism.  She is particularly interested in exploring the ontological dimensions of neoliberalism as expressed and experienced through personal agency, identity, emotions, and care.  Her latest series of single-authored papers explores cultural movements in the US which epitomize the unrelenting optimism of Americans and the connection of those movements to the evolution of capitalism and its political institutions beginning at the turn of the twentieth century through the present day.  Mary is also interested in the applicability and continuing relevance of economic and political thought developed under capitalism, but prior to the ideological advance of neoliberalism. Her recent work in this research stream focuses on the economics of Karl Polanyi and Thorstein Veblen.   


Mary has been published in the top ranking journals in heterodox economics and currently serves on the editorial board of four journals.  Additionally, she has served as a board member and officer for three international professional organizations.  Recently, Mary has started to appear in broadcast media interviews which she finds exciting and terrifying in equal measure. 


Email Dr. Wrenn for a full list of publications (below is only a partial list of publications)Should you wish to read one of Mary's papers, but find it locked behind a paywall, please email her directly to request a free copy.  

Area of expertise


Political economy and economic history of the US

Cultural mythology

Social ontology


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