Steven Hahn

Professor of History; Professor of History

BA, University of Rochester, 1973; Ph.D., Yale University 1979

Office Address: 

KJCC 53 Washington Square South Room 710 New York, NY 10003

Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

The Nineteenth Century World; Slavery, Emancipation, and Race; History of the American South; History of Capitalism; African-American History; History of Popular Politics

Curriculum Vitae

External Affiliations:

Pulitzer Prize Board, Society of American Historians, Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association, American Historical Association

Research Description:

My scholarship has focused on the politics of people of humble station, white as well as black, on the development of capitalism and its relation to political rebellion and social change, on international and comparative approaches to the history of the United States, and, most recently, to more fully integrating the South, West, and Pacific into the history of the nineteenth century.


Pulitzer Prize in History (2004), Bancroft Prize in American History (2004), Frederick Jackson Turner Prize in History (1984), Allan Nevins Prize (1980), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1990), Fellow at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford CA (1994-95), Rogers Distinguished Fellow in the Nineteenth Century, Huntington Library, Pasadena CA (2016-17); NEH Research Fellowship (2012); American Council of Learned Society Fellowships (1981,1987)

Selected Works:

A Nation without Borders:  The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 (Viking Press, 2016); The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2009); A Nation under Our Feet:  Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Roots of Southern Populism:  Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 (Oxford University Press, 1983)

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Updated on 08/08/2016