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Economic and Labor History
Scholars in this field at Northwestern study the organization and operation of economic processes— production, exchange, consumption, work, investment, and regulation—in every place and period. We are interested in the ways these processes draw upon the development of innovative technologies, and the ways they are embedded in relationships of power, class, race, and gender. We also explore the subtle linkages between economic change and the evolution of cultures, states, and international relations. Scholars in this field often have close relationships with economists, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and scholars of literature and art history.