Economy, Capitalism, Business, Labor, Class, Slavery
The history department has a strong cohort of faculty who teach and research economic history and the history of capitalism. We work in many regions of the world, and from a variety of perspectives and methodologies, but share a commitment to understanding the historical evolution of systems of exchange, labor, and purchase that shape peoples’ lives. We are distinguished by our capacious view of economic history. Fields of interest include labor and work, legal history, consumption and consumer society, population change and demographics, commercial practices, and the emergence and operations of capitalism. Chronologically, we span the medieval period as well as early modern and modern eras, and study locations across the globe, particularly the U.S., European, and Asian economies. Many of us do work that is explicitly comparative or transnational.