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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Sven Beckert

Sven BeckertSven Beckert is the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political, and transnational dimensions. His publications have focused on the nineteenth-century American bourgeoisie, labor, democracy, and the global history of capitalism. Most recently, he is the author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), which won the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer. He cochairs Harvard's Program on the Study of Capitalism as well as the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History.