Robert Hessen

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Robert Hessen
Alma materQueens College (BA)
Harvard University (MA)
Columbia University (PhD)

Robert Hessen (born 1936) is an American economic and business historian. He is a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a senior research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.[1] He is an Objectivist and has authored several books, analyzing business and economic issues from an Objectivist perspective.

Early life and education[edit]

Robert Hessen was born in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, his Master of Arts from Harvard University, and then his Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University.


External video
video icon Remarks on Ayn Rand—Excepts of an interview with Hessen for the 2005 documentary Birth of Objectivism by Duncan Scott.

Prior to joining the Hoover Institution and taking his current position at Stanford, he taught at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

He was associated with philosopher Ayn Rand for 25 years, contributed articles to two of her periodicals, as well as her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. He was a featured commentator on Milton Friedman's award-winning PBS television documentary series, Free to Choose.

In 1985, Hessen became one of the founding board of governors of the Ayn Rand Institute.[2]

Among the books he has written are Steel Titan: The Life of Charles M. Schwab and In Defense of the Corporation. He is also the editor of the multi-volume series Hoover Archival Documentaries. He has featured shorter works in such diverse publications as The New York Times, Barron's, Business History Review, Labor History, The Hastings Law Journal and the Journal of Law and Economics. His essays, discussing capitalism and presenting a private-property-and-contractual model of corporations, were published in the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics and the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.


Book reviews[edit]


  1. ^ Tupy, Marian. "Bernie Is Not a Socialist and America Is Not Capitalist". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Announcements". The Objectivist Forum. 5 (6): 13–15. December 1984.

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