The History of Capitalism

in the United States

Graduate Student Conference

November 6 – 8, 2008

Harvard University
CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Graduate Students

Caitlin Rosenthal is a doctoral student in the History of American Civilization. Before coming to Harvard, she spent three years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey she worked in a variety of industries ranging from energy to health care and non-profit management. Her experiences there contributed to her current interest in economic history, particularly accounting methods,workforce management, and labor photography. As an undergraduate Caitlin studied Political Science at Rice University in Houston. Outside of work and school, Caitlin enjoys painting, running, cooking, and making bad jokes.

Kathryn Boodry is a doctoral student in the history department at Harvard University. She has a B.A. in Literature and Signification Systems from the University of Redlands, an M.A. in Sociology and Historical Studies from The New School For Social Research and an A.M in History from Harvard University. She is presently writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century Atlantic financial networks and the production and distribution of slave-produced commodities.

Anna Bergren is a doctoral student in Harvard's program on Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning. Her research concerns the built environment of the United States military during World War I. Before beginning graduate school she obtained an S.B. in mathematics from MIT. When not in a classroom, a library, or an archive, Anna reads mysteries, eats good food, cycles, hikes, and generally tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible.


Faculty Advisor

Sven Beckert, Professor of American History at Harvard University, 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. His research and teaching focuses on the nineteenth-century United States, with particular emphasis on social and economic history. He teaches and writes on the history of capitalism, both in the United States and elsewhere, on the history of American business, on the history of labor in the United States, and on the Gilded Age. He is in particular interested in transnational perspectives on United States history and currently at work on a global history of cotton, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf.