University Seminar in Economic History

Co-chairs 2014-2015:

Alan Dye, Barnard College ( )
David Weiman, Barnard College ( )
Susie J. Pak, St. John’s University (

University Economic History Seminar Schedule

Fall 2014

Oct 2

Oscar Granados, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University

Bankers and Andean Minerals in the German Global Strategy, 1901-1914

Nov 6

Jana Diesner, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

It's Always About the People. Enron is no Different

Dec 4

Noel Johnson, George Mason University


Spring 2015

Feb 5 Carolyn Moehling, Rutgers Mothers' Pension Legislation and the Politics of Welfare Generosity

Mar 5

Christopher Muller, Columbia University

James Feigenbaum,
Harvard University

Apr 2

Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Caltech

 After the Rentier Society The Great Shocks of the Twentieth Century Reconsidered: A Parisian Perspective 1872-1952

May 7

Suresh Naidu, Columbia University

Contested Property: Counting Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South


Meetings take place at the Columbia University Faculty House 7:30-9:00 pm. We have also have drinks 5:30-6:30 and dinner 6:30-7:30.  (rsvp required for dinner).

The concerns of this seminar are wide ranging in time, place, and method. Emphasis is on the logic of European and American economic growth from feudal times forward with regular, but less frequent, contributions on Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Topics range from microeconomic studies of firms undergoing rapid technical change and households changing their interaction between home and market to more macroeconomic topics concerned with national and regional economic growth performance, the economics of imperialism, and the political economy of the Great Depression. Given the breadth of the seminar’s membership and interests, comparative economic history is often a central element in seminar discussions. Pre-circulation of papers permits vigorous discussion.

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