Cathy Matson is a professor of history at the University of Delaware and the director of the Program in Early American Economy and Society (peaes) at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her writing on the economic culture and political economy of the colonial and revolutionary eras includes Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York (1997) and, with Peter Onuf, A Union of Interests: Politics and Economy in the Revolutionary Era (1990). She is also the editor of The Economy of Early America: Historical Perspectives and New Directions (2005) and the sole author of the first fourteen chapters of the textbook The American Experiment (4th edition, 2012). Her current book project is entitled "'A Gambler's Ocean': The Economic Culture of Commerce in Philadelphia, 1750–1811." In addition, she has written over thirty-five articles on these topics and contributed chapters to over a dozen essay collections; she has also published a number of review essays and has edited and introduced special issues of nine North American journals.
As the director of peaes, Matson organizes and hosts annual conferences and symposia, coordinates seminars and a fellowship program, and works on public programming and museum exhibitions related to Atlantic and North American economic culture. Her courses at the University of Delaware include "The Atlantic World" and "The Revolutionary Atlantic." She has served extensively in professional and departmental capacities, on journal editorial boards, as graduate studies director, on conference program committees, and as a consultant to historic houses and public history projects.
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- Crisis and Opportunity in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Commerce
- Mitigating Risk in the Atlantic World Economy, 1650–1800
- Philadelphia's Waterfront in the Long Eighteenth Century
- Port Cities in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions