Economics; History (United States, New York City)
Economics is a field in motion, both in its expanding scope of study and its range of methods and approaches. At Columbia we seek projects that drive this expansion and cut through set schools of economic thought in the service of understanding major global shifts – including development and inequality, sustainability and climate change, and the growth of China and other emerging economies – and that delve into the history of economic life to better understand the evolution of our society. We look for books with a strong empirical or theoretical backbone and a mission to communicate original insights to a wider scholarly, cross-disciplinary, or general audience. With Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought and Center for Global Economic Governance we co-sponsor and publish the Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series, and with the School of International and Public Affairs’ Center on Global Energy Policy we publish Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy Series.
In United States history, our focus is on work that sheds new light on the evolution of economic, political, and social systems in the United States, and the way in which the United States has shaped and been shaped by international forces. The history of capitalism, broadly conceived to include its interaction with race, gender, sexuality, nation, and citizenship, is a major component of our list, as is work in twentieth-century United States history, urban history, environmental history, and New York City history. We are drawn to projects that use diverse, original sources and quantitative work to propel ideas through the field and beyond it. Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism plays a central role in the development of this field for the Press.