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Tufts University
Department of Economics
117 Braker Hall
8 Upper Campus Rd.
Medford, MA 02155-6722
Office: 617-627-5221

Winifred Rothenberg
Associate Professor of Economics, Emerita

Ph.D. Brandeis University 

American economic history and the economics of the British Industrial Revolution 

Professor Rothenberg received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1985, and has taught at Brandeis, Boston University, MIT, Amherst College, University of California Irvine, and the University of British Columbia, before coming to Tufts in 1986. She has been promoted to Associate Professor (part-time) in 1995. She teaches American economic history and the economics of the British Industrial Revolution. Her own field of research has been the transition to a market economy in rural New England. Her book, From Market-Places to a Market Economy: The Transformation of Rural Massachusetts, 1750-1850 was published last year by the University of Chicago Press. She is the author of five articles in the Journal of Economic History (1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1988), a chapter in the festschrift for Robert Fogel called Strategic Factors in Nineteenth Century American Economic History, a chapter in the NBER volume called American Economic Growth and Standards of Living before the Civil War, an article entitled "Explanation in History: In Defense of Operationalism," in a volume on historical methodology called Theory, Method, and Practice in Social and Cultural History (1992), and numerous reviews in the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Reviews in American History, the Business History Review, and the Economic History Review. She was on the editorial board of Explorations in Economic History, on the Saloutos Book Prize Committee of the Agricultural History Society, and served as Vice-President of the Economic History Association, 1997-98. She received the Arthur Cole Prize for her 1981 article in the Journal of Economic History, and a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for the year 1990.

Recent Work
"The Invention of American Capitalism: the Economy of New England in the Federal Period," in Peter Temin ed., ENGINES OF ENTERPRISE: AN ECONOMIC HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000).

"Mortgage Credit as a Process of Rural Capital Formation in Colonial Massachusetts 1642-1776," being revised for the Journal of Economic History and for presentation at a Conference of the Library Company in Philadelphia.

Review of Elizabeth Nuxoll and Mary Gallagher, eds., THE PAPERS OF ROBERT MORRIS, 1781-1784, vol. 9 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press) in the Journal of Economic History 60 (June 2000).

Consultant to the Concord (Mass.) Museum Project on the history of the Concord clock industry (or, more accurately, the failed industrialization of clock-making in Concord).