Programs, Events, and News from the Joint Center for History and Economics
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Fall 2017 | No. 16

Welcome to the quarterly email update from the Joint Center for History and Economics. These short messages cover the events, programs, and news from both Harvard and Cambridge, allowing our geographically far-flung community to stay better informed and better connected. Center members and affiliates who wish to share content for this newsletter should email it to kumekawa [at] 


The Center for History and Economics congratulates Sunil Amrith, Director of the Harvard Center and Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre, 2001-2002, on the award of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship.

HARVARD: The web address for the Center for History and Economics has been changed to The address of the Visualizing Historical Networks project, for example, is now rather than All our pages can be accessed via the new homepage, and redirects from the old addresses will soon be in place. We are very sorry for all the inconvenience associated with the transition, which was caused by “upstream change outside the university.” 

CAMBRIDGE: Applications for Mellon Prize Research Grants are due December 1, 2017.

HARVARD:  The Center is pleased to announce a new website, 1950s China-India Chronology, by Arunabh Ghosh.

Upcoming Events: 

CAMBRIDGE: Environmental Humanities and Climate Change: Understanding humans geologically and other life forms ethically
October 30, 2017, 5:00pm
Magdalene College, Cripps Court, Seminar Room 3
Professor Libby Robin (Australian National University) and Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography, will provide comments.

CAMBRIDGE: The History and Economics Seminar will not meet in Michaelmas
Instead, we are taking part in the Core Seminar in Economic and Social History. Seminars begin at 5pm in the Old Library, Darwin College (entrance on Silver St) and are followed by drinks and dinner with the speaker. All are welcome.  

CAMBRIDGE: Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
November 9, 2017
Old Library, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Ian Kumekawa (Harvard University)
The First Serious Optimist: A.C. Pigou and the Politics of Welfare Economics

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar

November 15, 2017, 4:15pm
CGIS-S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University 
Jonathan Levy (University of Chicago)
Volcker Shock: American Capitalism Before and After 1980

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar
December 6, 2017, 4:15pm
Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS-S020, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University 
Namrata Kala (MIT)
Gains from trade in decentralised solar energy: Evidence from Bangladesh

CAMBRIDGE: Sovereignty, Economy and the Global Histories of Natural Resources
December 18-19, 2017
A Centre-supported workshop coordinated by Centre Associate Tehila Sasson (Emory University/IHR) in collaboration with the University of Basel, Heidelberg University, the University of Sydney, and the journal Past & Present.


The eight History and Economics prize graduate students at the Cambridge Centre in 2017-18 are Nathaniel Bernstein, Ying Dai, Marina Inì, Emma Prevignano, Auriane Terki-Mignot, Emiliano Travieso, Sophie Wilkowske, and Chris Wilson.

Cambridge Centre Associate Director Tim Harper will serve as Chair of the History Faculty starting autumn 2017. 

Center Research Associate Amartya Sen has been awarded the 2017 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.

Cambridge Centre Research Associate Ira Katznelson (Columbia University) is Visiting Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge in 2017-18.

The Harvard Center's Catherine Evans is now Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.

Anne Ruderman, Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center, is now Lecturer in the Harvard History Department, teaching HIST 1050: Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Atlantic World.

Shane Bobrycki, Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center, is Lecturer in the MIT History Department, teaching 21H.134J / 14.70J: Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective.

William Nelson, Cambridge Centre Mellon Research Fellow in 2006-08 and currently a history professor at University of Toronto Scarborough, has won the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize for his work "Five Ways of Being a Painting."

Padraic Scanlan’s book, Freedom’s Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution is published this month by Yale University Press. Padraic was a Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center.

Mou Banerjee, Harvard Center Student 2014-2017, is Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Harvard University. 

Devyani Gupta, Cambridge Centre student in 2011-12 has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leeds, starting autumn 2017.

Joshua Gibson Cambridge Centre student in 2015-16 has been appointed to a one-year lectureship at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, starting autumn 2017.

Anna Ross Cambridge Centre student in 2011-12 has been appointed Assistant Professor in 19th Century European History at the University of Warwick. She took up her post in autumn 2016.

Check out the Cambridge Centre's new Coin of the Month.

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