Sven BeckertSven Beckert, Professor of American History at Harvard University. Professor Beckert's focus is in nineteenth-century United States history, with a particular emphasis on social, economic and transnational history. Interests include the social history of politics in the era of the Civil War, business history, labor history and the history of the United States in a global perspective. He teaches courses on nineteenth century American capitalism, Gilded Age America, the political economy of North America, labor history and global capitalism. He just published Empire of Cotton: A Global History, the first global history of the nineteenth century's most important commodity. The book won the Bancroft Award, the Philip Taft Award, the Cundill Recognition for Excellence and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Christine DesanChristine Desan, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  Professor Desan's research centers on money and the market as a pairing of form and substance that organizes the political economy of modern liberalism.  Casting money as pure function allows exchange between enterprising individuals to claim the status of basic agency and models public, regulatory, and legal imperatives as reactive or responsive logics.  Desan maps a contrasting story that explores money as a legal and political project, one that configures the market it sets out to measure.  Her articles include "Coin Reconsidered:  The Political Alchemy of Commodity Money," Theoretical Inquiries in Law 287 (January, 2010), and "Beyond Commodification: Contract and the Credit-Based World of Modern Capitalism," forthcoming in Transformation of American Law II: Essays for Morton Horwitz (2009).  She is currently completing a book called Making Money:  Coin, Credit, and the Coming of Capitalism in the Anglo-American World

Research Awards

Recipients of Research Fellowshops from the Program on the Study of Capitalism can be found here

Dissertations in Progress

Tim BarkerHow to Pay for the War: The Political Economy of Military Keynesianism in the United States, 1945-1979

Aaron BekemeyerThe Labor of Law Enforcement: Police Work and Political Economy in the United States after World War II

Niko BowieCompany States: A History of Corporate Statehood in America, 1629 - Present

Chambi ChachageHaven of Investors: Dar-es-Salaam City and the Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class in Tanzania

Joane Chaker, Muleteers as Bandits and Mutineers: Global Capital and Social Transformation in the Ottoman Countryside

Balraj Gill, The Fruits of This Earth: Fruit Production and the Transformation of the American Continental Countryside, 1848-1939

Pascal McDougall, (Labor) Law and (Macro) Economics in Indebted Countries: An Agenda for Redistributive Growth and Employment

Samantha PayneThe Last Atlantic Revolution: Emancipation and Reconstruction in the U.S. and Latin America 

Summer Shafer, The Political Economy of "Natural" Disasters: The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the Mississippi Flood of 1927

Liat Spiro, Drawing Capital: Depiction, Machine Tools and the Political Economy of Industrial Knowledge, 1824-1914

Rachel Steely, From Bioprospecting to Biodiesel: Soy Commodity Frontiers in the Twentieth Century


Rudi Batzell, Lake Forest College, Assistant Professor of History

Kathryn Boodry, University of Oregon, Visiting Assistant Professor

Eli Cook, University of Haifa, Assistant Professor of American History

Holger Droessler, Bard College, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Iain Frame, University of Kent, Law School 

Louis Hyman, Cornell, ILR School, Assistant Professor 

Benjamin Levin, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School 

Stefan Link, Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor of History

Noam Maggor, Queen Mary, University of London, Assistant Professor in the School of History

Shaun Nichols, Harvard University, College Fellow

Vanessa Ogle, University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor

Nadav Orian Peer, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

K. Sabeel Rahman, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School

William Rankin, Yale University, History and History of Science

Lukas Rieppel, Brown University, Assistant Professor of History 

Caitlin Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor 

Duane RudolphReginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Marlese Von BroembsenSenior Lecturer in the Centre on Law and Society, University of Cape Town & Visiting Researcher, Institute for Global Law and Policy

Benjamin Waterhouse, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Assistant Professor of History

Ann Marie Wilson, Leiden University, The Hague