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 is the author of "The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie" (Cambridge University Press, 2001), an economic, social and political history of New York's economic elite and numerous articles on various themes in nineteenth-century history.  He is currently at work on a global history of cotton. 

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

Rudi Batzell, The Global Reconstruction of Capitalism: Class, Corporations, and the Rise of Welfare States, 1870-1930

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 

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


Kathryn Boodry, University of Oregon, Visiting Assistant PRofessor

Eli Cook, Rutgers University, Postdoctoral Fellow 

Holger Droessler, Tufts University, Lecturer

Iain Frame, University of Kent, Law School 

Louis Hyman, Cornell, ILR School, Assistant Professor 

  • Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink (Princeton University Press, 2011). 

  • Borrow: The American Way of Debt (Vintage, 2012). 

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

  • "American Gangsters: Rico, Criminal Syndicates, and Conspiracy Law as Market Control" (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Review 48, 2013)

Stefan Link, European University, Max Weber Programme for Postoctoral Studies

Noam Maggor, Tel-Aviv University, History

Shaun Nichols, Harvard University, College Fellow

Vanessa Ogle, University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of History

  • "The Pluralization of Time and the Global Condition, 1870s to 1940s," Forthcoming, American Historical Review 120, no. 5 (Dec. 2013).

  • "State Rights Against Private Capital: The 'New International Economic Order (NIEO)' and the Struggle Over Aid, Trade, and Foreign Investment, 1962-1981," Forthcoming, Humanity (2014).

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

K. Sabeel Rahman, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School

  • Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

William Rankin, Yale University, History and History of Science

Lukas Rieppel, Brown University, Assistant Professor of History 

  • Assembling the Dinosaur: Science, Museums, and American Capitalism, 1870-1930, under contract with Harvard University Press.

  • “Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life: Exhibiting Prehistory at the American Museum of Natural History,” Isis, Vol. 103, No. 3, September 2012.

Caitlin Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor 

  • “Slavery’s Scientific Management: Accounting for Mastery.” Slavery's Capitalism.  Eds. Seth Rockman, S. Beckert, and D. Waldstreicher. University of Pennsylvania Press (Forthcoming)

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

  • Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA (Princeton University Press, 2013).

  • “Mobilizing for the Market: Organized Business, Wage-Price Controls, and the Politics of Inflation, 1971–1974,”The Journal of American History (2013) 100 (2): 454–478.

  • “The Corporate Mobilization Against Liberal Reform: Big Business Day, 1980,” in Kim Phillips-Fein and Julian Zelizer, eds., What’s Good for BusinessBusiness and Politics Since World War II (Oxford University Press, 2012), 233–248.

Ann Marie Wilson, Leiden University, The Hague