OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

James Livingston

Portrait of James Livingston

A professor of history at Rutgers University, James Livingston started out in economic history, writing on Russia and Western trade in the early modern period. He then moved on to the history of banking reform in the United States, circa 1890–1913, and then on to the cultural revolution residing in the rise of corporate capitalism. Meanwhile, he kept writing on topics in popular culture, from Shakespeare to Disney, and problems of intellectual history, from pragmatism to feminism. His most recent books, No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea (2016), Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture Is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Souls (2011), and The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century (2009), are explorations of the intersection between cultural, economic, and intellectual history, intended for general readers.

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