Born in Indiana and raised in San Francisco, Seth Rockman received a BA from Columbia University and completed his PhD at UC-Davis. After several years on the faculty of Occidental College in Los Angeles, Rockman joined the Brown History Department in 2004. His 2009 book Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore won the OAH's Merle Curti Prize, the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and the H.L. Mitchell Prize from the Southern Historical Association. Rockman and Sven Beckert co-edited Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (Penn Press, 2016). Rockman spent the 2016-17 year at re:work, a research institute on global labor history at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
|Introduction: Paper Technologies of Capitalism. Technology and culture. 2017; 58 (2) : 487-505.|
Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development.
|Rockman, Seth What Makes the History of Capitalism Newsworthy?. Journal of the Early Republic. 2014; 34 (3) : 439-466.|
|Rockman, Seth Slavery and Capitalism. The Journal of the Civil War Era. 2012; 2 (1) : 5-5.|
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore.
|Rockman, S. Review Essay: Work in the Cities of Colonial British North America. Journal of Urban History. 2007; 33 (6) : 1021-1032.|
|Rockman, Seth Class and the History of Working People in the Early Republic. Journal of the Early Republic. 2005; 25 (4) : 527-535.|
|Rockman, S. Liberty is Land And Slaves: The Great Contradiction. OAH Magazine of History. 2005; 19 (3) : 8-11.|
|Rockman, S. The Contours of Class in the Early Republic City. Labor Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. 2004; 1 (4) : 91-108.|
AY 2016-2017: International Research Center on Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History (re:work), Humboldt University, Berlin.
Fall 2016: Berlin Prize, American Academy in Berlin, (declined)
AY 2009-10: Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (held 2010-11)
Fall 2007: Research Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University.
Fall 2007: Research Fellow, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina
Spring 2007: National Endowment for the Humanities Long-term Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
AY 2001-2002: Program in Early American Economy and Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia.
2001: Gilder-Lehrman Fellow, New-York Historical Society.
“What Makes the History of Capitalism Newsworthy,” Journal of the Early Republic 34 (Fall 2014).
“An Artist of Baltimore.” In Joy Peterson Heyrman, ed., New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 25-36.
“Slavery and Capitalism.” In “Forum on the Future of Civil War Era Studies,” Journal of the Civil War Era 2 (March 2012): online supplement.
"Jacksonian America." In Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, eds., American History Now, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011), 54-76.
"Slavery and Abolition along the Blackstone." In A Landscape of Industry: An Industrial History of the Blackstone Valley. A Project of the Worcester Historical Museum and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (University Press of New England, 2009), 110-131.
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
"Work, Wages, and Welfare at Baltimore's School of Industry," Maryland Historical Magazine 102 (Spring 2007): 572-607.
"Work in the Cities of Colonial British North America: A Review Essay," Journal of Urban History 33 (September 2007): 1021-1032.
"The Unfree Origins of American Capitalism." In Cathy Matson, ed., The Economy of Early America: Historical Perspectives and New Directions (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), 335-361.
"Class: Overview." Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, edited by Paul Finkelman et al., (Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005), I, 277-279.
"Liberty is Land and Slaves," OAH Magazine of History 19 (May 2005): 8-11.
"Class and the History of Working People in the Early Republic," Journal of the Early Republic 25 (Winter 2005): 527-535.
"The Contours of Class in the Early Republic City," Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 1 (Winter 2004): 91-107.
"Baltimore: Mobtown U.S.A," Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 3:4 (July 2003).
Welfare Reform in the Early Republic: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2003).
"Saving Morris Hull: Capital Punishment and the Court of Public Opinion in Early Republic Baltimore." In Jessica Elfenbein et al., eds., From Mobtown to Charm City: New Perspectives on Baltimore's Past (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2002), 64-91.
"Women's Labor, Gender Ideology, and Working-Class Households in Early Republic Baltimore," Explorations in Early American Culture [supplemental issue of Pennsylvania History] 66 (1999): 174-200.
William G. McLaughlin Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences, 2015
OAH Distinguished Lecturer
American Antiquarian Society, elected member
Merle Curti Prize in Social History, Organization of American Historians, 2010
Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, 2010
H.L. Mitchell Prize, Southern Historical Association, 2010
Joseph Arnold Prize from the Baltimore City Historical Society, 2006
Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University, 1993
|Gould, Philip||Israel J. Kapstein Professor of English|
|Owens, Emily||Assistant Professor of History|
|Rieppel, Lukas||David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History|
|Self, Robert||Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History, Chair of History|
|Zipp, Samuel||Associate Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies|
My courses are broad in their scope and approach, with particular attention to situating early American history in the historiography of the early modern world. Recent undergraduate seminars have included "The Problem of Class in Early American History" and "Poverty and Social Welfare in the Western World, 1500-1900." Lectures include "Antebellum America and the Coming of the Civil War" and "American Cultural History, 1789-1865." I also teach "Slavery and Historical Memory in the United States," a First-Year Seminar. My recent focus has been an introductory-level undergraduate lecture course on the History of Capitalism, 1500-Present.
|EMBA 2210 - Shared History of Slavery & Capitalism|
|HIST 0150A - History of Capitalism|
|HIST 1503 - Antebellum America and the Road to Civil War|
|HIST 1970D - Problem of Class in Early America|
|HIST 2960 - Prospectus Development Seminar|
|HIST 2971J - Topics in 19th c. U.S. History|