University of Chicago, PhD '08
I am a historian of the economy and of the United States. In addition to being a member of the Department of History and the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought I am the current Faculty Director of the Law, Letters, and Society program.
My most recently completed book is Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States (Random House, 2021), which is a history of American economic life from British colonial settlement through the Great Recession. The book is also a single-volume history of the United States.
My next book, The Real Economy (forthcoming Princeton University Press), collects published and unpublished essays on economic theory and history. The topic that is the current focus of my teaching and research is the role of money in the emergence of global capitalism in the early modern period. I am also interested in writing about the history of the United States in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Related to that, a final project is a planetary history of the city of Houston. I wrote a series of essays on this topic in 2019 for the Visualizing Climate and Loss Project at Harvard’s Center for History and Economics.
My first book, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard, 2012), won the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Ellis W. Hawley Prize, and Avery O. Craven Award and the American Society for Legal History's William Nelson Cromwell Book Prize.
Recent Courses Offered
Property and the Public Interest
History of the Corporation
History of American Capitalism
The Global History of Money
Topics in US History: The New Deal
Modern Global Economic History