Dael NorwoodAssistant Professor
PhD 2012, Princeton University
19th-Century US, Politics, Culture, Capitalism, Foreign Relations
My research focuses on the global dimensions of politics, culture, and economics in the early United States. I am especially interested in how global commerce influenced Americans' relations with other peoples and each other during the nineteenth-century – intranationally, internationally, and transnationally.
My courses investigate early U.S. history from a global perspective, and examine the history of politics, political economy, capitalism, slavery, the maritime world, and foreign relations, among other topics.
Recently, I have been exploring new teaching and research tools in material culture studies and the digital humanities, principally by contributing to public history projects.
The book I'm currently finishing, under contract with the University of Chicago Press, is entitled "Trading Freedom: How Commerce with China Defined Early America." Growing out of my dissertation research, it examines how the lucrative commerce between the United States and China that flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries became deeply intertwined with the struggles over sovereignty, imperial expansion, capital, labor, and race that defined the American state. My next project examines the transatlantic conversation about capitalism as a career in order to understand how "the businessman" became such a potent political and cultural identity in America.