Norwood, Dael

Dael Norwood

Dael Norwood

Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2012 

M.A.,  History, Princeton University, 2007 
B.A., History and French, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2004 
Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow

Dael Norwood is a historian of early America, specializing in the global dimensions of American politics and economics. His book manuscript, “Trading in Liberty,” examines how the lucrative commerce between the U.S. and Asia, which flourished in the period between the Revolution and the Civil War, became deeply intertwined with the political struggles over sovereignty, imperial expansion, and slavery that defined the early American state. A New Englander by birth but a Brooklynite by inclination, Norwood is also working on a history of “the businessman” as a potent political and cultural identity in America.
Courses Taught:
  • Revolution, Slavery, and Capitalism: The Global Early Republic, 1780-1860 (Fall 2012)
  • Anxious Patriarchs, Unruly Women, and Indian Kings: Authority and Community in Early America (Spring 2013)
Office Location:
80 5th Ave, Room 522

Research Interests:
Early American history; history of capitalism and political economy; transnational and global approaches to history; history of slavery; the history of U.S. relations with Asia; and digital humanities (creating and using new tools for teaching and research)
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Historical Association
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • The Business History Conference
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • “ ‘We Yankees Had No Queen to Guarantee Our Losses’: How the Opium War Brought China Merchants into Antebellum Politics, and Created the China Lobby,” SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) 2012 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, July 20, 2012

  • “The Strange Influence of Asian Commerce on Jeffersonian Governance,” Jeffersonian Democracy: From Theory to Practice, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, May 18, 2012

  • “ ‘A Great Thoroughfare for All Mankind’: Asian Trade and the Antebellum Business Case for Building a Transcontinental Railroad,” Business and the State: 2012 Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 31, 2012

  • “Pacific Intentions: The Commercial Vision of China and the Geopolitics of the Early American Republic,” Representing China: from the Jesuits to Zhang Yimou, Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., May 19, 2011

  • Chair/Discussant, “Games, games, games!” THATCamp Jersey Shore, Carnegie Library Center, Richard Stockton College, Atlantic City, NJ, April 4, 2011

  • “History: So That Happened,” Writing Center, Writing in the Disciplines Seminar, Princeton University Writing Program, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, December 13, 2010

  • “Pacific Intentions: The Commercial Roots of American Continental Empire,” Colonial Americas Workshop, Works-in-Progress Series, History Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, December 7, 2010

  • “Fear of a British Planet: American Anxiety about British Hegemony and the First U.S. Mission to China,” SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) 2010 Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, July 25, 2010
Awards and Honors:
  • Bernard & Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow, New-York Historical Society and Eugene Lang College, The New School, 2012-2013
  • Consortium Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2012
  • Program in Early American Economy and Society Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012
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