Markets, Productivity, and Happiness in a Historical Perspective


Emma Georgina Rothschild

"War and Land in the History of Economic Thought."

Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen (born 16 May 1948) is a British economic historian who is
the Jane Knowles Professor of History and the director of the Joint Centre for History and
Economics at Harvard University. She is also a Fellow of King's College and an honorary
Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Emma Rothschild is well-known in our community for her penetrating writings on economic
history and the history of economic thought. She specializes in 18th century and 19th
century history. Her recent publications include "Isolation and Economic Life in Eighteenth-
Century France" (American Historical Review, October 2014), "The Archives of Universal
History" (Journal of World History, September 2008), “A Horrible Tragedy in the French
Atlantic” (Past and Present, August 2006), Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and
the Enlightenment (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001) and The Inner Life of
Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).
As director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics, she is involved in collaborative
research projects, at the University of Cambridge and at Harvard, on Exchanges of Economic,
Legal and Political Ideas and on Visualizing Historical Networks. Amongst her other positions
in prestigious institutions or scientific committees the following can be mentioned: from
1982 she taught at the École Des Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and she
formerly served as Board Member of the United Nations Foundation. Since 2018 she has
been a member of the scientific Committee of the CNRS.