Seth Rockman is an associate professor of history at Brown University and the author of Welfare Reform in the Early Republic: A Brief History with Documents (2003) and Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (2009). He specializes in social and labor history, the history of slavery, and the recent historiography of Jacksonian America. He was involved in Brown University's investigation into its historical connections to the Atlantic slave trade, and he continues to research the relationship of capitalism and slavery. He is now studying northern businesses that manufactured provisions for southern slave plantations in the nineteenth century. Rockman spent 2016-2017 in Berlin as a fellow in the re:work program on the global history of labor and work at Humboldt University's International Research Centre.