Emma Rothschild

Emma Rothschild is Jeremy and Jane Knowles
Professor of History
at Harvard University, and Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics.








Harvard University, Department of History,
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS-S424
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA


Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG, England

Born:   16 May 1948, London, England
Education:   1968, Kennedy Scholar, MIT (Economics)
1967, BA Oxford University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics); MA, 1970

Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Harvard University
Director, Joint Center for History and Economics

1991-present:   Director, Centre for History and Economics
2010-present:   Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge (from October 1 2010)
    Honorary Professor of History and Economics, University of Cambridge (from October 1 2010)



Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University


Fellow, King's College, Cambridge



Senior Research Fellow, King's College, Cambridge



Directeur de Recherches Invit�, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris



Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society, MIT



Associate Professor of Humanities, MIT



Research Fellow, The Lehrman Institute, New York



Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, Yale College

2002:   Foreign Member, American Philosophical Society
2001:   Companion of St Michael and St George, United Kingdom
2001:   Fellow, Royal Historical Society
2008-present:   Member, International Committee for Strategic Direction,
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris



Member, Board of the United Nations Foundation



Chairman, Kennedy Memorial Trust



Chairman, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development




Member, Council for Science and Technology, United Kingdom

1996-present:      Governor, National Institute for Economic and Social Research, United Kingdom

Member, Visiting Committee, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University



Member, Board of the British Council


Chair, Research Council, Common Security Forum

1989-1993:   Member, Governing Board, International Institute for Environmental Technology, Sweden
1989-1993:   Research Adviser, World Institute for Development Economics Research, Finland

Trustee, Institute for Public Policy Research, United Kingdom


Member, Board of the Olof Palme Memorial Fund, Sweden



Member, The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, United Kingdom

1986-1988:   Member, Rector's Advisory Council, The United Nations University



OECD Science Examiner, Australia



Member, Governing Board, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

1983‑1989:   Member, Board of Directors, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists



Member, Carnegie/MacArthur Committee on International Security



Economic Expert, the Palme Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues



Member, Groupe de Reflexion et de Liaisons Internationales, French Ministry of Planning


Member, Editorial Board, Technology Review



Member, Advisory Council, Society for the History of Technology



Member, OECD Group of Experts on Science and Technology in the New Socio-Economic Context



Work in Progress

Commerce and Anxiety in Eighteenth-Century France, book manuscript in preparation (estimated publication 2012)

A Connected World: The East India Company and the American Revolution, book manuscript in preparation

"Smithianismus and Enlightenment in Nineteenth-Century Europe," to be published in a collection of essays in preparation




The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History, Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2011

Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment
(Harvard University Press, 2001) Italian translation (Il Mulino, 2003); Portugese translation (Record, 2003)

Science and Technology in the New Socio-Economic Context (Co-author)
(OECD: 1981)

Paradise Lost: The Decline of the Auto-Industrial Age (Random House, New York: 1973) Italian, Portugese, Japanese translations


Articles and chapters in books


“Late-Atlantic History,” The Oxford Handbook of Atlantic History, ed. Nicholas          Canny and Philip Morgan, forthcoming 2011

“The Inner Life of Empires,” Tanner Lectures delivered at Princeton University, April 2006, forthcoming Tanner Lectures on Human Values, 2011

“Political Economy,” The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political
Thought, forthcoming 2011

“Adam Smith in the British Empire,” Empire and Modern Political Thought, ed.
Sankar Muthu, Cambridge, forthcoming 2011

"The Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Inner Life," The Adam Smith Review, forthcoming 2010

"Choiseul and the History of France," Waddesdon Miscellanea, vol. 1 (2009),
pp. 6-13

"The Atlantic Worlds of David Hume",  Soundings in Atlantic History: Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents,1500-1830, ed. Bernard Bailyn and Patricia Denault, Cambridge, MA, 2009, pp. 405-449

"The Archives of Universal History," Journal of World History, Vol. 19, No. 3
(September 2008), pp. 375-401

"David Hume and the Seagods of the Atlantic," The Atlantic Enlightenment, ed. Susan Manning and Francis D. Cogliano, Aldershot, 2008, pp. 81-96

"Adam Smith’s Laws," Y a-t-il des lois en économie?, ed. Bernard Delmas, Villeneuve d'Ascq, 2007, pp. 37-40

"A Horrible Tragedy in the French Atlantic," Past and Present, Vol. 192 (August 2006), pp. 67-108 

"Adam Smith's Economics" (with Amartya Sen), The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith, ed. Knud Haakonsen, Cambridge, 2006, pp. 319-365

"Arcs of Ideas: International History and Intellectual History," in Transnationale Geschichte: Themen, Tendenzen und Theorien, ed  Gunilla Budde, Sebastian Conrad and Oliver Janz, Göttingen, 2006, pp. 217-226 

"Axiom, theorem, corollary &c. ': Condorcet and mathematical economics," Social Choice and Welfare, Vol. 25 (2005), pp. 287-302

"Language and Empire, c. 1800," Historical Research, Vol. 78, No. 200 (May 2005), pp. 208-229

"Dibattito su Sentimenti economici," Rivista di Storia Economica,  Vol. 20, No. 2 (August 2004), pp. 243-252; symposium on Economic Sentiments

"Dignity or Meanness," The Adam Smith Review, Vol. 1 (2004), pp. 150-164; symposium on Economic Sentiments

"Global Commerce and the Question of Sovereignty in the 18th Century    Provinces," Modern Intellectual History, Vol. 1, No. 1 (April 2004), pp. 3-25

"The English Kopf," The Political Economy of British Historical Experience, 1688-1914, ed. D. Winch and P. O’Brien, Oxford, 2002, pp. 31-60

"La mondialisation en perspective historique," Qu’est-ce que la culture?, ed. Y. Michaud, Paris, 2001, pp. 57-68

"An Alarming Commercial Crisis in 18th Century Angoulême: Sentiments in Economic History," Economic History Review, 1998, Vol. 51, pp. 268-293

"Condorcet and Adam Smith on Education and Instruction," Philosophers on Education, ed. A.O. Rorty, London, 1998, pp. 209-226

"Bruno Hildebrands Kritik an Adam Smith," Bruno Hildebrands 'Die NationalÖkonomie der Gegenwart und Zukunft', ed. Bertram Schefold, Frankfurt, 1998, pp. 133-172

"Condorcet and the Conflict of Values," Historical Journal, 1996, Vol 39, pp. 677-701

"Social Security and Laissez Faire in 18th Century Political Economy," Population and Development Review, December 1995, Vol. 21, pp. 711-744

"Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 1994, pp. 319-322

"Psychological Modernity in Historical Perspective," Essays in Honor of Albert Hirschman, Washington, DC, 1994, pp. 99-117

"Commerce and the State: Turgot, Condorcet and Smith," Economic Journal, 1992, Vol. 102, pp. 1197-1210

"Adam Smith and Conservative Economics," Economic History Review, 1992, Vol. 45, pp. 74-96



"The Decline of the Auto-Industrial Society," The New York Review of Books, February 26 2009

"The Age of Words: Histories of Human Security," in Human Security, ed. Yusuke Dan (in Japanese), United Nations University, 2005

"Real, Pretended or Imaginary Dangers," The New York Review of Books, March 24 2004

"The Last Empire: Security and Globalization in Historical Perspective," Jerome E Levy Occasional Paper, No 5, US Naval War College, 2003

"The politics of globalisation circa 1773," OECD Observer, No. 228 (September 2001), 12-14

"Imagination and Understanding," Council for Science and Technology, United Kingdom, July 2001, pp. 3-25

"Social Security and Laissez-Faire," Boston Review, October 2000, Vol. 25, pp. 11-12

"The Age of Insubordination," Foreign Policy, Summer 2000, No. 119, pp. 46-49

"Globalization and the Return of History," Foreign Policy, Summer 1999, No. 115, pp. 106-116

"The Debate on Economic and Social Security in the Late Eighteenth Century: Lessons of a Road not Taken," Development and Change, April 1996, Vol. 27, pp. 331-351

"Environmental Measurement," Environmental Measurement and Analysis, Kawaguchi, 1996, 11-21

"Echoes of the Malthusian Debate," Population and Development Review, June 1995, Vol. 21, pp. 351-359

"What is Security?," Daedalus, Summer 1995, Vol. 124, pp. 53-98

"The Changing Nature of Security," Issues in Global Governance, London, 1995

"L'économie de la dissuasion - Les armes nucléaires sont-elles chères?," Science, Guerre et Paix, ed. J.J. Salomon, Paris, 1989, pp. 103-135

"The Reagan Economic Legacy," The New York Review of Books, July 21, 1988, pp. 33-41

"The Real Reagan Economy," The New York Review of Books, June 30, 1988, pp. 46-53

"A Divergence Hypothesis," Journal of Development Economics, 1986, Vol. 23, pp. 205-226

"Examiners' Report" (co-author) in Science and Technology Review of Australia (OECD, 1986)

"The Effect of United States Defence Spending on Employment and Output" (with Rebecca Blank), International Labour Review, November 1985, Vol. 124, pp. 677-697

"Science and Society: A Changing Relationship," Science as a Commodity, ed. M. Gibbons and B. Wittrock, Manchester, 1985, pp. 130-142

"Concepts of Security: Deterrence and Common Security," Common Security (SIPRI: 1985)

"Common Security," SIPRI Yearbook, 1984, pp. 583-591

"The Costs of Reaganism," The New York Review of Books, March 15, 1984, pp. 14-17

"Delusions of Deterrence," The New York Review of Books, April 14, 1983, pp. 40-50

"The Philosophy of Reaganism," The New York Review of Books, April 15, 1982, pp. 19-25

"Reagan and the Real America," The New York Review of Books, February 5, 1981, pp. 12-18

"Hangchow Revisited: Food in China and France," The London Review of Books, 1980

"Some Views of Mrs Thatcher's Victory," New York Review of Books, June 28, 1979

"The Arms Boom and How to Stop It," The New York Review of Books, January 20, 1977, pp. 24-30

"Is it Time to End Food for Peace?," The New York Times Magazine, March 13, 1977, pp. 15, 43-48, repr. Why Food Aid?, ed. Vernon W. Ruttan, Baltimore, 1993, pp. 84-94

"Banks: The Politics of Debt," The New York Review of Books, June 24, 1976, pp. 25-32

"Banks: The Coming Crisis," The New York Review of Books, May 27, 1976, pp. 16-21

"Food Politics," Foreign Affairs, 1976, Vol. 54, pp. 285-307

"The Boom in the Death Business," The New York Review of Books, October 5, 1975, pp. 7-12

"How Doomed are We?," The New York Review of Books, June 26, 1975, pp. 31-34

"World Food Economy," The New Yorker, 1975

"Running Out of Food," The New York Review of Books, September 19, 1974, pp. 30-31

"The Politics of Food," The New York Review of Books, May 16, 1974, pp. 16-17

"Concocting the Next Crisis," The New York Review of Books, April 4, 1974, pp. 30-32

"Where the Next Energy Crisis is Pushing Us," The New York Review of Books, January 24, 1974, pp. 38-40

"Running Out of Gas," The New York Review of Books, November 1, 1973, pp. 34-35

"Illusions about Energy," The New York Review of Books, August 9, 1973, pp. 29-34

"What is the Energy Crisis?," The New York Review of Books, July 19, 1973, pp. 23-28