Prof. Dr. Sven Beckert
Laird Bell Professor of American History, Harvard University
Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, where he teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, and global history.
He studied history, economics and political science at the University of Hamburg, Germany and then graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in History. He was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. He was a Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies Fellow. He was a New York Public Library Fellow. He is a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), which won the 2015 Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History. The New York Times called it "one of the ten best books of 2015."