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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow - History of Capitalism in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellow - History of Capitalism

School Harvard Business School


Position Description

The History of Capitalism Project at Harvard Business School and Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the study of global capitalism from a historical perspective. We seek to organize a community of scholars who study aspects of the history of capitalism in all regions of the world and in all chronological periods. Global perspectives are strongly desired, as are contributions from a wide range of variety of disciplines. Hoping to create a global conversation on the history of capitalism, we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds across the globe, especially from outside Europe and North America,

One History of Capitalism Fellow will be appointed for the academic year 2024-2025 and will be provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. Fellows should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and must undertake sustained projects of new research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of history of capitalism scholars at Harvard Business School and in the Harvard community more broadly.

This appointment is set to begin July 1, 2024 and run through June 30, 2025.

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. (or comparable professional school degree) is required.

PLEASE NOTE : If you have obtained your Ph.D. in the past 12 months you must be able to provide a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution OR a letter from the institute’s registrar stating all requirements for the degree have been successfully completed and should verify the date the degree has been conferred. No exceptions.

Additional Qualifications

The salary is competitive and comes with a benefits package.

This position is residential. Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes. They are also expected to participate in activities related to the Project, including a bi-weekly seminar.

Application Information:

Applicants must submit a three-page proposal outlining the project for which they seek funding and the work they plan to do as a fellow. A CV, writing sample, as well as one letter of recommendation. We expect that candidates will be able to submit additional samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) upon request.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis but should be submitted by January 1 to ensure full consideration.

For questions, please reach out to Sophus A. Reinert ( or Sven Beckert (

Special Instructions

Contact Information

Rebecca Wickel

Recruiting Manager

Harvard Business School

Soldiers Field Road

Boston, MA 02163

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 1

Maximum Number of References Allowed 3


history, capitalism, economics, business history

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