Sven 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.
- Democracy in the Age of Capital
- The Empire of Cotton: A Global History