The Joint Center for History and Economics is based at Harvard University and at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge. It was established in 2007 to promote research and education on subjects of importance for historians and economists. Its aim is to provide a forum in which scholars can address some of their common concerns, through the history of economic and social thought, through economic history, and through the application of economic concepts to historical problems. The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance.

In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at the University of Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars and exchanges of faculty and graduate students. It provides the base for current research projects on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, on Energy History, and on Histories of Economic Life/Histories of Economic Thought, as well as for the History Project and the Prize Fellowship Program in Economics, History and Politics.


Recent Center Books

Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants
Sunil S. Amrith
The Future of Nature:
Documents of Global Change

Libby Robin, Sverker Sörlin, and
Paul Warde (eds.)


More Center books »


Prize Fellowships

The Joint Center for History and Economics is delighted to announce that the Program of Prize Fellowships in Economics, History and Politics is to continue, thanks to an exceptionally generous gift from David and Carol Richards, for which the Fellowship Program and the Joint Center are profoundly grateful. The deadline for nominations for prize fellowships to start in 2015 is October 10, 2014.

Institutions, Credit and the State

The History Project, in cooperation with the History Department at Yale University and the Joint Center for History and Economics, will hold its third conference on October 17-18, 2014 at Yale University.

Further information »

» The Joint Center is delighted to congratulate Tyler Goodspeed, Research Associate of the Harvard Center and Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre, 2008-2009, on the award of the 2014 Alexander Gerschenkron Prize of the Economic History Association "for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada."

Research Grants

The Center is pleased to announce a new program of undergraduate prize research grants. For more information click here.

Research Opportunities

The Center is pleased to announce a new program of undergraduate research opportunities. For more information click here.