PEAES Past Colloquia


March 24, 2017

Amy Sopcak-Joseph, PEAES short-term fellow and University of Connecticut, Converting Rags into Gold: “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” Female Consumers, and the Business of Periodical Publishing in the Nineteenth Century

Franklin Sammons, PEAES short-term fellow and University of California, Berkeley, The Long Life of Yazoo: Land Speculation, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1789-1840.

Mara Caden, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow and Yale University, Mint Conditions: The Politics and Geography of Money in Britain and its Empire, 1650-1750.

March 14, 2017

Amy Sopcak-Joseph, PEAES short-term fellow and University of Connecticut, Converting Rags into Gold: “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” Female Consumers, and the Business of Periodical Publishing in the Nineteenth Century

Franklin Sammons, PEAES short-term fellow and University of California, Berkeley, The Long Life of Yazoo: Land Speculation, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1789-1840.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Ernesto Mercado-Montero, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Texas at Austin,
Saltwater Empire: The Caribs and the Politics of Smuggling, Insurgency, and the Slave Trade in the Circum-Caribbean, 1763-1833

Dan Du, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Georgia, This World in a Teacup: Chinese-American Tea Trade, 1784-1860

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Michael Blaakman, Department of History, Yale University,
“Speculation Nation: Land and Mania in the Revolutionary American Republic, 1776-1803”

Jessica Blake, University of California-Davis,
“A Taste for Africa: Imperial Fantasy and Garment Commerce in Revolutionary-Era New Orleans”

Lindsay Keiter, The College of William and Mary,
“Uniting Interests: The Economic Functions of Marriage in America, 1750-1860”

Friday, July 15, 2016

Alicia Maggard, Brown University, “Steamboats on the Ohio River in the Nineteenth Century.”

Eric Sears, St. Louis University,  “The Political Economy of Crisis, 1848-1860: Money and Banking in a Panicked Decade.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Patrick Callaway, University of Maine
“Grain, Warfare, and the Reunification of the British Atlantic Economy, 1768-1815”

Justin Simard, University of Pennsylvania
“The Technocrats: Lawyers and Capitalism in Early National America, 1780-1870”


September 4,  2015

Jessica Blake,  U.C. Davis and PEAES Short-term Fellow, “Caribbean Taste, Production, and Regionalism in Early Republic New Orleans”

Emma Gallway, Harvard University, “Public Credit in the Development of American Political Economy, 1776-1845”

September 2,  2015

Erin Trahey,  University of Cambridge, UK,
“Women and the Making of Colonial Jamaica Economy and Society, 1740-1850”

Rachel Knecht, Brown University, “Quantifying the Economy in the Industrial Age”

August 4, 2015

Kim Gruenwald, Kent University, “Philadelphia Merchants on Western Waters: Commerce, Networks, and Speculation from the Seven Years’ War through the Louisiana Purchase”

Sarah Templier, Johns Hopkins University, “Between Merchants, Shopkeepers, Tailors, and Thieves: Circulating and Consuming Clothes, Textiles, and Fashion in French and British North America, 1730-1780”

July 7, 2015

Katie Moore, Boston University, “‘A Just and Honest Valuation’: Money and Value in Colonial America, 1690-1750”

Jackson Tait, Queens University, UK, “Assessing Risk and Reputation in Atlantic Maritime Enterprise: The Development of Marine Underwriting Methods and Standards, 1770-1900”


September 8, 2014

Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, The University of Delaware, Uncovering Women’s Work: Household Consumption and Production in the Mid Atlantic, 1750-1815

Dr. Brian Luskey, West Virginia University, ‘Men Is Cheap Here’: The Intelligence Office and the Labor Question in Civil War America

August 7, 2014

Ben Hicklin, The University of Michigan, ‘Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be? ’: Experiencing Credit and Debt in the English Atlantic, 1660-1750 

June 4, 2014

David Thomson, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Georgia, “Bonds of War: Capital and Citizenship in the Civil War Era”

Jonathan Barth, Ph.D. Candidate in History, George Mason University, “Money, Mercantilism and Empire in the Early English Atlantic, 1607-1697”

May 12, 2014

Danielle Skeehan, Sam Houston State University, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow 2014, “Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Early Atlantic Writing”

Mara Caden, Yale University, PEAES Short-Term Fellow, “Making Imperial Capitalism:  The Politics of Manufacturing in the British Empire, 1696-1740”


January 29, 2014

Toni Pitock, University of Delaware, PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “Commerce and Connection: Jewish Merchants, Philadelphia, and the Atlantic World, 1738-1822”

Daniel Peart, Queen Mary University, London, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow, “Democracy in Action?  The Making of North American Tariff Policy, 1816‐1861”


October 30, 2013

Katherine Smoak, Johns Hopkins University, “Circulating Counterfeits: Making Money and its Meanings in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic.”

July 23, 2012

Stephanie L. Gamble, The Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D. Candidate in History, “Capital Negotiations: Native Diplomats in the American Capital from George Washington to Andrew Jackson.”

Dr. Susan Stearns, Mary Baldwin College; Department of History, “Streams of Interest: The Mississippi River and the Political Economy of the Early Republic, 1783-1803.”

March 7

Sarah Damiano, Johns Hopkins University, “Gender and the Litigated Credit Economy in New England, 1730-1790.”


September 1, 2011

Edward Pompeian, The College of William & Mary, PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “‘The Cradle of Revolution’: Venezuela, the United States, and the Independence of Spanish America, 1790-1823”

Joseph Adelman, The Johns Hopkins University, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow, “Revolutionary Networks: The Business of Printing and the Production of American Politics, 1763-1789”

January 18, 2011

Katherine Arner, Institute for the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “Making Yellow Fever American: Disease Knowledge and the Geopolitics of Disease in the Atlantic World, 1793-1822″

Melissah Pawlikowski, Ohio State University; PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “In the Land of Liberty: The Squatter Exodus into the Ohio Valley, 1760 to 1800”

February 7, 2011

Aaron Marrs, U.S. Department of State;, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow, “Moving Forward: A Social History of the Transportation Revolution”

July 6, 2011

Danielle Skeehan, Northeastern University, PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “Counterfeit Subjects: Credit, Commerce, and the Generation of Atlantic World Counterpublics”

Steven Smith , University of Missouri , PEAES Short-Term Fellow, “A World the Printers Made: Print Culture in New York, 1730-1830”

August 2, 2011

Colleen Rafferty, University of Delaware, PEAES Short-Term Fellow, “Breadstuffs and Boundaries: Commercial Networks between Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Countryside, 1730-1815”

Dael Norwood, Princeton University, PEAES Dissertation Fellow,“Freighted Deep with Asia’s Stores: The Promise and Danger of Asian Commerce in the Political Imagination of the Early Republic.”


January 20, 2010

Martin Brückner, Department of English, The University of Delaware, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow, “The Social Life of Maps in North America, 1750-1850”

Ariel Ron, Department of History, The University of Califonia-Berkeley, PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “Developing the Country: Scientific Agriculture and the Antebellum Origins of Republican Economic Policy”

April 5, 2010

Teagan Schweitzer, Department of Anthropology, The University of Pennsylvania, PEAES Short-term Fellow, “Philadelphia Foodways, 1750-1850: The Historical Archaeology of Cuisine”

July 1, 2010

Elena Schneider, Princeton University, PEAES Dissertation Fellow, “The Limits of Loyalty: War, Trade, and British Occupation in Eighteenth-Century Havana”

Simon Middleton, Department of History, University of Sheffield, PEAES Short-term Fellow, “Cultures of Credit in Eighteenth-Century America”

Dael Norwood, Department of History, Princeton University, PEAES Short-term Fellow, “Trading in Liberty: The Politics of the American China Trade”

October 20, 2010

Caitlin Rosenthal, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University, PEAES Short-term Fellow, “Accounting for Control: Bookkeeping in Early Nineteenth-Century America”


December 2, 2009

Jeffrey Sklansky, Department of History, Oregon State UniversityShort-Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, “The Money Question: Currency in American Political Culture, 1700-1900.”

November 4, 2009

Ian Beamish, Department of History, The Johns Hopkins University, Short-Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, “”It Has Been Still Further Simplified”: The Dissemination of Agricultural Knowledge in South Carolina and Mississippi, 1820-1860”

June 22, 2009

Jessica Roney, Department of History, Ohio University Short-Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society “Both a borrower and a lender be: Philadelphia Voluntary Associations and Credit, 1750-1775”

January 27, 2009

Joseph Adelman, Department of History The Johns Hopkins University

PEAES Short-Term Fellow “The Business of Politics: Printers and the Emergence of Political Communication Networks, 1765-1776”

Gautham Rao, Department of History University of Chicago

PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow “Visible Hands: Customhouses, Law, Capitalism, and the Mercantile State of the Early Republic

January 7, 2009

Alice Wolfram, Department of History, Yale University

PEAES Dissertation Fellow
“The Making of the Middle Class Family: Property, Inheritance and the Urban Family Economy in London, Glasgow, and Philadelphia to 1780”


October 8, 2008

Jeffrey Kaja, PhD Candidate in History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: PEAES Dissertation Fellow “Economic Development and the Evolution of Transportation Systems in Early Pennsylvania, 1675-1800”


August 1, 2007

Joe Conway, Ph.D. Candidate in English & American Literature/American Culture Studies, Washington University at St. Louis: “The Hard Value of U.S. Fiction in an Age of Domestic Panic: 1837 – 1857”

July 18, 2007, 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Dr. Max Edling, Department of History, Uppsala University: “Financing the Mexican War”

July 9, 2007, 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Michelle Mormul, PhD Candidate in History, University of Delaware, PEAES Short Term Fellow: “Philadelphia’s Linen Merchants, 1765 to 1815”

March 6, 2007

David Davidson, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Northwestern University: “Republic of Risk: The Intellectual Basis of Entrepreneurship in America, 1783-1800.”

February 2, 2007

Lesley Doig, Rutgers University, PEAES Short Term Fellow: “The Unexpected Costs of Revolution: Prosperity and Conflict in American Merchant Families, 1770-1820”


January 26, 2006

James Fichter, Ph.D. candidate in History, Harvard University, “The American East Indies, 1773-1815”

January 26, 2006

Peter Maw, Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Manchester, “The Organizing and Financing of Anglo-American trade from 1783 to 1825”

September 8, 2006

Candice Harrison, Ph.D. candidate in History, Emory University, “The Contest of Exchange: Place, Power, and Politics in Philadelphia’s Public Markets, 1770-1859”

September 8, 2006

Jessica Lepler, Ph.D. candidate in History, Brandeis University, “1837: The Anatomy of a Panic”

July 13, 2006

Emily Pawley, Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania: “Accounting with Money and Materials in Early American Agriculture”

June 5, 2006

Justin Roberts, Ph.D. candidate in History, Johns Hopkins University, “Daily Labors: A Comparative Study of Plantation Work Regimes in the Chesapeake and the British West Indies in the Late Eighteenth Century”


October 24, 2005

Marina Moskowitz, Short-Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society: “Seed Money: The Economies of Horticulture in Nineteenth-Century America.”

February 4, 2005

Sean Adams, PEAES Short-term Fellow: “Fires of the Early Republic: The Technology, Consumption, and Household Economies of Heat”

Sharon Ann Murphy, PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellow: “The Money Value of a Man: Insuring Life in the Early Republic”

March 18, 2005

Michael Tuck, PEAES Short-term Fellow: “Global Trade, Local Change: A Study of the Beeswax Trade in the Atlantic World, c. 1450-1961.”


November 16, 2004

Jonathan Eacott, PEAES Short-term Fellow: “Owning Empire: East Indian Goods and the Development of the Anglophone World, 1740-1830”

November 19, 2004

Brian Luskey, PEAES Post-doctoral Fellow: “Manliness and Respectability: White-Collar Workers in Antebellum America.”

September 9, 2004

Amanda B. Moniz, PEAES Dissertation Fellow: “‘Labours in the Cause of Humanity in Every Part of the Globe’: Transatlantic Philanthropic Collaboration and the Cosmopolitan Ideal, 1760-1815

June 8, 2004

Eleanor Hayes McConnell, Ph. D. candidate in American Studies, University of Iowa: “Economic Citizenship in Revolutionary New Jersey, 1763-1820”

February 2, 2004

Dr. Richard Chew, Department of History, Bucknell University: “Interests at Odds with Empire: Currency, the Coastal Trade, and the Making of American Nationhood”

February 10, 2004

Dr. Brian Schoen, University of Virginia: “Loosening the Bonds of Union: The Political Economy of Cotton, Slavery, and the Sectional Crisis.”


February 5, 2003

Michelle Craig, University of Michigan, “From Cultivation to Cup: Coffee Trade and Consumption in the British Atlantic Empire, 1765-1833.”

July 10 2003

Sherry Johnson, Florida International University, “Mercantilism Meets Mother Nature: Climate, Colonialism, and Economic Change in Cuba, 1763-1783.

August 7, 2003

Kim Gruenwald, Kent State University, “Claiming a Continental Empire: Philadelphia Merchants ad the Trans-Appalachian Frontier.”

October 1, 2003

Richard Demirjian, University of Delaware, “To All the Great Interests: Political Economy in the Early Urban Republic, 1783-1823.”

October 14, 2003

Christian Koot, University of Delaware, “In Pursuit of Profit: Persistent Dutch Influence in the Inter-Imperial Trade of New York and the Lesser Antilles, 1621-1689.”

November 10, 2003

James Alexander Dun, Princeton University, “Dangerous Neighbors: Slavery, Race, and St. Domingue in the Early American Republic, 1780-1808.”


April 10, 2002

Sarah Hand Meacham, University of Virginia, “Gender and the Creation of a Market for Alcohol in Early Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.”

May 20, 2002

Jennifer Anderson-Lawrence, New York University, “Mahogany as Commodity in the Atlantic World Economy.”

August 2, 2002

Brian Schoen, University of Virginia, “Pennsylvania Protectionists vs. Southern Free Traders. The Print Battle for National Political Economic Policy 1819-1846.”

Carl Robert Keyes, Johns Hopkins University, “Advertising and Marketing in Eighteenth Century Philadelphia: The Role of Merchants, Shopkeepers, Artisans, adn Printers in the Consumption of Newspaper Notices.”

October 24, 2002

Jane Merritt, Old Dominion University, “The Trouble with Tea: Consuption, Politics, and the Making of a Global Colonial Economy.”

November 7, 2002

Julia Ott, Yale University, “Character, Confidence, and Credit: The Formation of American Market Culture, 1791-1857.”

December 3, 2002

Stephen Mihm, New York University, “Making Money: Counterfeiting and Capitalism in the United States 1789-1877.”


June 21, 2001

Joseph Rainer, University of Richmond, “The Honorable Fraternity of Moving Merchants: Yankee Peddlers in the Old South, 1800-1860”

July 12, 2001

Rohit Daniel Wadhwani, University of Pennsylvania, “The Social Economic, and Political Origins of Expanding Access to Financial Institutions in the 19th-Century Northeast”

July 26, 2001

Brooke Hunter, University of Delaware, “The Threshold of Exchange: The Flour Industry of the Lower Delaware River Valley, 1750-1820”

August 9, 2001

Elizabeth M. Nuxoll, Long Island University, “A Biography of Robert Morris”

May 2001

Sean Patrick Adams, University of Central Florida, “Old Dominion and Industrial Commonwealths: The Political Economy of Coal in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1810-1875”

November 14, 2001

Kenryu Hashikawa, Columbia University, “Social and Economic Networks in the New York-Philadelphia Regions.”

August 3, 2001

Brian Luskey, Emory University, “Marginal Men: Clerks & the Social Boundaries of 19th Century America.”