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Emma Rothschild

Emma Rothschild specializes in 18th century history, chiefly the history of economic thought and economic history specially the history of economic thought and economic history. She is Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics, and is involved in collaborative research projects, at the University of Cambridge and at Harvard, on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas and on Visualizing Historical Networks. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member at Harvard Law School. Recent publications include "Isolation and Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century France" (American Historical Review, October 2014), "The Archives of Universal History" (Journal of World History, September 2008), “A Horrible Tragedy in the French Atlantic” (Past and Present, August 2006), Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001) and The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).

Honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh


  • Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Director, Center for History and Economics, Harvard University