The Joint Center for History and Economics is based at Harvard University and at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. It was established in 2007 to promote research and education on subjects of importance for historians and economists. Its aim is to provide a forum in which scholars can address some of their common concerns through the history of economic and social thought, through economic history, and through the application of economic concepts to historical problems. The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance.
In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at the University of Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars, and exchanges of faculty and graduate students. It provides the base for the current research project Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, located at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Centre for History and Economics, and supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
Emma Rothschild, the Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, directs the Center for History and Economics and co-directs the Magdalene College Centre. Alison Frank, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, is the associate director of the Harvard Center. The Center's executive committee consists of Professors Lizabeth Cohen, Robert Darnton, Dale Jorgenson, Charles Rosenberg, Emma Rothschild, Elaine Scarry, and Richard Tuck. The Center’s faculty associates are Professors Abhijit Banerjee, Sugata Bose, Walter Johnson, Kenneth Mack, and Harriet Ritvo. Affiliated graduate students are Eva Bitran, Nikolas Bowie, Alisha Holland, Philipp Lehmann, Elisa Minoff, Josh Specht, and Jeremy Zallen. Jessica Barnard is the project officer and Emily Gauthier is the center administrator. The program offices are located at 1730 Cambridge Street.