Guy Numa

Guy Numa

Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

History of Economic Thought, Industrial Organization, Economic Sociology, Economic History, Social Movements, Globalization, Caribbean Studies



Previously Guy Numa was an Arthur Sachs Research Fellow at Harvard University, an Assistant Professor at Université de Picardie (France), and he taught at Université Paris-Dauphine (France).

Professor Numa's domains of expertise span the areas of the History of Economic Thought, Industrial Organization, Economic Sociology, and Caribbean Studies. His forthcoming book on the regulation of the railroad industry drawn from his doctoral dissertation will be published by Éditions Garnier. In this book foreworded by Prof. Steven G. Medema from University of Colorado Denver, Guy Numa analyzes the interplay between economic theory and legislation. He unveils how economic analysis influenced the legislation of the railroad industry in France, Britain and the US. Reciprocally, Guy demonstrates how the legislation in these three nations stimulated the work of economic theorists. His research interests include Natural Monopoly, Agency Theory, Vertical Unbundling, along with the economics of Jules Dupuit and J. S. Mill. Some of his work has appeared in leading journals such as History of Political Economy, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and the European Journal for the History of Economic Thought.

Professor Numa also works on the economic development and social movements in the small island economies of the Caribbean. He co-authored the only book that examines the roots of the 2009 mass protest in Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Recent Publications



Numa, G. (2012),Réglementations et concurrence dans les chemins de fer français 1823-1914, Paris: Éditions Classiques Garnier, forthcoming.

Journal Articles: 

Numa, G. (2012), “Dupuit and Walras on the Natural Monopolies in Transport Industries: What They Really Wrote and Meant”, History of Political Economy, 44(1): 69-95.

Numa, G. (2011), “On the Origins of Vertical Unbundling: the Case of the French Transportation Industry in the 19th Century”, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, First published on May 31 (iFirst).

Numa, G. (2010), “Note sur le monopole naturel et le monopole pratique chez J. S. Mill”, Revue économique, 61(2): 341-52.

Numa, G. (2010) “Chemins de fer: les incertitudes de la libéralisation”, Alternatives économiques, (287): 68-9.

Numa, G. (2009), “Théorie de l’agence et concessions de chemins de fer français au 19e siècle”, Revue d’économie industrielle, 125(March): 105-28.


Book Chapter:

Numa, G. (2009), “Les départements d’Outre-mer: des économies sous tutelle” in L. Laventure (ed.), La révolution antillaise, Paris: Eyrolles: 29-48.


News & Events

  November 2015  
  IHSS will present Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook Department Sociology, November 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day?  Historical Method in Theory and Practice  
  October 2015  
  September 2015  
  •Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries."
•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Cliff Leek, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Men and Masculinities in International Development:  Are Fears Becoming Realities?"
  May 2015  
  Ph.D. student Suzan Walters receives the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society, for her paper, "Caregiving and HIV:  Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending."
Jennifer Heerwig and Josh Murray (Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology alumni) awarded $33,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project entitled "Partisanship, Unity, and Inter-Corporate Networks:  Political Donations of the Corporate Elite, 1980 - 2014."
  April 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department
Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality:  Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
  March 2015  
  Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship:  The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era."
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
  February 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment:  A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."  
  IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."  
  December 2014  
  Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."  
  October 2014
  IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."  
  September 2014  
  Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right?  The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy:  Evidence from the British Empire in India."
IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger?  Where Historical Figures Really Rank.

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