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Dael Norwood


Dael A. Norwood is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, specializing in the global dimensions of American politics and economics. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University in 2012. Prior to his current position, Norwood served as the Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellows at the New-York Historical Society and the New School, and the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the History Department at Yale University.

Norwood is now finishing his first book, entitled Trading in Freedom: How Trade with China Defined Early America. Under contract with the University of Chicago Press, Trading in Freedom examines how the flourishing commerce between the United States and China intertwined with the struggles over sovereignty, citizenship and race that defined the first century of the American state. He is also working on a new project that uses print culture conversations about capitalism as a career in order to understand how "the businessman" became such a potent political and cultural identity in America.


  • PhD, MA, Princeton University
  • BA, Wesleyan University

Research Interests

  • 19th century U.S. politics, culture, capitalism and foreign relations

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae