Boodry, Kathryn

Kathryn Boodry

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. History 2013

A.M. History 2007.
General Examination Fields:
United States to 1815, United States from 1815
Sub-Saharan Africa to 1800, and The History of Capitalism

New School for Social Research, New York, NY
M.A. Sociology and Historical Studies 2004

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
B.A.  Literature and Signification Systems 1990

Schwartz Fellow

I became interested in the history of trade through the traveling I did while working as an English teacher in South Asia. I still enjoy travel, and the points in which cultures, religions and ideologies meet, whatever the outcome, fascinate me. I am also interested in objects of cultural production, reproduction and their sale in global markets. I think this is one element of what stitches our increasingly globalized world together and an understanding of these processes makes life more interesting as well as more intelligible.
Courses Taught:
  • Slavery and Capitalism: The Economic World of Early America
Recent Publications:
  • Atlantic Finance 1837-1848” in Sven Beckert , Seth Rothman and David Wadstreicher eds. Slavery’s Capitalism, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.

  • “August Belmont and the Atlantic Trade in Cotton 1837-1865.” The Rothschild Archive: Review of the Year 2009-2010.
Office Location:
80 5th Ave, Room 522
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30

Research Interests:


  • Atlantic History
  • The History of Slavery
  • The History of Capitalism
  • Nineteenth-century United States History
  • The history of Commodities
  • Sociology and Social theory


Professional Affiliations:


  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • Forum On European Expansion and Global Interaction
  • Association of Documentary Editors


Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • The European Association for Banking History, “Foreign Financial Institutions and National Financial Systems,” June, 2013
    Paper: “Making Money: Cotton Slavery and Finance Across the Atlantic World 1815-1837”

  • The Huntington Library,  “Capitalizing on Finance: New Directions in the History of Capitalism,” April 2013
    Paper: “Cotton, Finance and Slavery: Atlantic Credit and the development of Modern Banking”

  • Program in Early American Economy and Society, The Library Company of Philadelphia, “Foreign Confidence: International Investment in North America, 1700-1860” October 2012.
    Paper: "Lessons learned from Cotton: Rothschild Trade and Finance in the United States 1837-1861"

  • Institute of Historical Research, University of London, International History Seminar February 2012.
    Paper: “Cotton Finance and Slavery: The Creation of an Atlantic Credit Network”

  • Brown University and Harvard University, “Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development” April 2011.
    Paper: “The Common Thread: Cotton, Slavery and the Development of Merchant Banking 1837-1848”

  • The Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery Emancipation, invited participant. “Slavery in All its Forms, Historical Practices and Contemporary Problems,” Intensive short course, September 2009

  • Harvard University, Political Economy Workshop, March, 2008.
    Paper: “United in Credit: Atlantic Financial Relationships and Cotton Operations in the Antebellum South”

  • New School University, History Matters Conference
    “Spaces of Violence, Spaces of Memory” April 2004.
    Paper: “The Crossroads of History and Memory: Histories of Collaboration and Narratives of Resistance in Post-Colonial Korean History”


Awards and Honors:
  • Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013-2014.
  • Harvard University Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Association for Documentary Editing Summer School, Travel Stipend, Summer 2011
  • Thomas Cochran Dissertation Fellowship in Economic and Business History, Spring 2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer scholar, 2010
  • The Wilberforce Institute For The Study of Slavery and Emancipation, Ferens Travel Bursary, Fall 2009
  • The Rothschild Archive London, Bursary, Fall 2009
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2009 
  • Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Summer Research Grant, 2009
  • Harvard University History Department Summer Research Grant, 2009, 2010
  • Harvard University Center for American Political Studies Dissertation Fellowship For The Study Of The American Republic 2008-2009
  • Harvard University, Summer School Tuition Waiver, 2006
  • New School University, University Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • New School University Committee on Historical Studies, Research Assistantship, Spring 2003

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