OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Sven Beckert

Portrait of Sven Beckert

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. He also cochairs Harvard's Program on the Study of Capitalism as well as the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. 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, and a coeditor, with Christine Desan, of American Capitalism: New Histories (2018) and, with Dominic Sachsenmaier, of Global History, Globally: Research and Practice around the World (2018).

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