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Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University. Professor Beckert researches and teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. He just completed The Empire of Cotton: A Global History, the first global history of the nineteenth century’s most important commodity. His other publications have focused on the nineteenth-century American bourgeoisie, on labor, on democracy, on global history and on the connections between slavery and capitalism. Currently he is at work on a history of capitalism. Beckert teaches courses on the history of American capitalism, Gilded Age America, the political economy of modern capitalism, labor history, global capitalism and the history of European capitalism. Together with a group of students he has also worked on the historical connections between Harvard and slavery and published Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History.
Beckert is co-chair of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University , and co-chair of the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH). Beyond Harvard, he co-chairs an international study group on global history, is co-editor of a series of books at Princeton University Press on “America in the World,” has co-organized a series of conferences on the history of capitalism, and is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. He also directs the Harvard College Europe Program.
Professor Beckert is serving, and/or has served, on the following American Civilization dissertation committee(s):
“Race for the Pacific: Samoa in the Age of Empire” (Holger Droessler)
“The Pricing of Progress: Economic Indicators and the Capitalization of American Life” (Eli Cook)
Contact information: Sven Beckert, History Department