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Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley, 2014
M. A. – University of California, Berkeley, 2010
B.A. – Yale University, 2005
Professor Hannah Farber specializes in the political economy of colonial North America, the early American republic, and the Atlantic World. Her manuscript, Underwriters of the United States, is under contract with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. It explains how the transnational system of marine insurance, by governing the behavior of American merchants, influenced the establishment and early development of the American republic.
Additional research interests include early modern globalization and the visual and material culture of ocean commerce. Early-stage projects include a cultural history of interest rates and a study of commercial property marks as phenomena with visual, material, and legal aspects.
Hannah Farber is co-organizer (with Andrew Lipman) of the Columbia University Seminar on Early American History and Culture.
[Under Contract:] Underwriters of the United States, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
[Forthcoming:] "Caught Between Pedagogy and Politics: The Challenges of Teaching Globalization in the Twenty-First Century," The History Teacher, Vol. 53
"'Hamilton:' Who Tells Your Story?" Public Books, co-author Derek Miller, Feb. 13. 2019.
"Sailing on Paper: The Embellished Bill of Lading in the Material Atlantic, 1720-1864," Early American Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Winter 2019)
Golden Hill Roundtable: "Courage and Cowardice?" The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, July 4, 2018.
Review of The Low Road by Bruce Norris, The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, May 16, 2018.
"State-Building After War's End: A Government Financier Adjusts his Portfolio for Peace," Taking Stock of the State in Nineteenth-Century America, Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2018): 67-76.
"Insurance," Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard, September 2016.
Review of Building the Empire State (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) by Brian Phillips Murphy. William and Mary Quarterly 73 (3) July 2016: 596-601.
"Millions for Credit: Peace with Algiers and the Establishment of America's Commercial Reputation Overseas, 1795-96," Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer 2014), 187-217.
"Nobody Panic: The Emerging Worlds of Economics and History in America," book review of Jessica Lepler, The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis (Cambridge, 2013), and Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard, 2012), Enterprise and Society, Fall 2015.
"Insurance in Philadelphia," Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, ed. Charlene Mires, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers University-Camden.
"Geography, Sovereignty and Space: The 2012-2013 Year at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies." Early American Studies, online, June, 2013.
"Enlightenment in the Margins," review of Caroline Winterer, "The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Library," Common-Place.org, September, 2011.
"The Rise and Fall of the Province of Lygonia, 1643–1658," New England Quarterly 82 (September 2009), 490–513.
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