Shaun S. Nichols is College Fellow in History at Harvard University, where his research and teaching centers on the history of capitalism, immigration, and labor in the United States and the world. His current book project, Crisis Capital: Industrial Massachusetts and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1865-Present (abstract), explores the ways in which, faced with recurrent economic turmoil, Massachusetts business, labor, and government leaders continually sought to manipulate the global geographies of migrant labor and mobile capital to rebuild the state's economy over and over again. In so doing, however, it also reveals how the short-term tactics of capitalist regeneration they developed unintentionally undermined long-term prosperity and powered an ever-worsening cycle of economic calamity.
Dr. Nichols also serve as a concentration advisor in the Quincy Undergraduate House, and was previously an Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs as well as as a visiting fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. He has written book reviews for journals such as the Business History Review and Labour/Le Travail and also co-authored a book on the teaching of business history around the world. In addition, Nichols has taught or developed courses on topics ranging from immigration history and American intellectual history to the history of global capitalism and the global working class.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2016, where he worked with Sven Beckert, Lizabeth Cohen, and James Kloppenberg. He received his B.A. in 2010 from Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he worked with Chris Friday, A. Ricardo Lopez, George Mariz, and Johann Neem.
Nichols' full CV is available here.