Robert S. Richard

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Robert S. RichardPhD Candidate

Major Field: United States History
Other Fields: History of Capitalism, Native American History, Canadian History
Adviser: Harry L. Watson



BA Princeton University, 2009 (History, American Studies, cum laude)
MA Yale University, 2011 (History)
MA Thesis: “Jacksonian Democracy in Lower Canada: A Transnational Analysis of Anti-Bank, Hard-Money Ideology in the 1830s”

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Since growing up in Philadelphia, PA, I have been fascinated with all dimensions of North American history during the 18th and 19th centuries. My dissertation is about a great financial crisis known as the Panic of 1819 and the ensuing economic depression in early North Carolina. “Panic and Power: The First Great Depression in North Carolina, 1815-1833” explores the profound social, economic, and political consequences of this major economic collapse—the first in the history of the United States—through the lens of one critical yet understudied Southern state. When not working on this project, I also pursue my interests in the historical relationships between white and Native American groups, as well as connections between the United States and the British colonies of Upper and Lower Canada.

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