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Gallagher, Susan E.

Gallagher, Susan E.

PERSONAL: Education: Ramapo College of New Jersey, B.A., 1983; New School for Social Research, M.A., 1989, Ph.D., 1996.

ADDRESSES: Office— Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, 850 Broadway St., Ste. 4, Lowell, MA 01854. E-mail— [email protected]

CAREER: University of Massachusetts, Lowell, assistant professor, 1996-2002, associate professor of political science, 2002—. Also adjunct instructor at various universities, including New York University, Rutgers University, and Ramapo College of New Jersey


Daniel Defoe’s “Moll Flanders,” illustrated by Kenneth Lopez, Research & Education Association (Piscataway, NJ), 1996.

The Rule of the Rich? Adam Smith’s Argument against

Political Power, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA), 1998.

SIDELIGHTS: Susan E. Gallagher is an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Her academic background focuses primarily on political and feminist theories. Her 1998 publication, The Rule of the Rich? Adam Smith’s

Argument against Political Power, stems from extensive research into British political theory and economist Adam Smith.

In the book, Gallagher addresses the views of Adam Smith in the context of his time and place and also offers a survey of his predecessors, including Mandeville, Bolingbroke, and Hume. In providing this alternative view of Smith, Gallagher contends that he was not an advocate of limited government for the sake of individual freedom, but rather, as a means to curb the influence of the commercial aristocracy. Mark E. Yellin, writing in the American Political Science Review, called the book “a provocative, interesting, and clearly written work that... challenges recent revisionist accounts of Adam Smith’s political and economic thought.” In an Ethics review, Patricia H. Werhane found that the book was an “important contribution.” In a Perspectives on Political Science review, Richard F. Flannery called The Rule of the Rich“an arresting monograph, but to appreciate it readers will need to know something about social thought or eighteenth-century history.” Yellin concluded, however, that “because of its readability and concise length, it is accessible to those with little background who would like to know more about Mandeville, Bolingbroke, [Hume], and Smith.”



American Political Science Review, March, 2000, Mark E. Yellin, review of The Rule of the Rich? Adam Smith’s Argument against Political Power, p. 172.

English Historical Review, June, 2000, J.C.D. Clark, review of The Rule of the Rich?, p. 743.

Ethics, October, 2002, Patricia H. Werhane, review of

The Rule of the Rich?, p. 193.

Library Journal, October 15, 1998, Brent A. Nelson, review of The Rule of the Rich?, p. 84. Perspectives on Political Science, fall, 1999, Richard

F. Flannery, review of The Rule of the Rich?, p. 239.

Review of Politics, spring, 2000, James E. Alvey, review of The Rule of the Rich?, p. 398.


University of Massachusetts Lowell Web site, (January 18, 2007), author profile.*

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