Sven Beckert is the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, co-chair of the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, co-editor of the Princeton University Press book series, “America in the World”, and the co-director of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University. He began his studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he studied political science, economics and history. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.
In his role as professor, Beckert teaches classes on labor history, global capitalism, the history of American capitalism, America in the Gilded Age, political economy and the history of European capitalism. He is best known, however, for Empire of Cotton: A Global History, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. While some consider it a survey of the economic history of cotton, others have seen it more as a history of the crop. Regardless, The New York Times declared it one of the top ten books for that year.
He is a Guggenheim Fellow and was also named Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and the New York Public Library.
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Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, where he teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, and global history. With Christine A. Desan, he is the co-director of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University.Source: Wikipedia
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