Hannah A. Farber

Hannah A. Farber

Research Interest

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm


Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley, 2014
M. A. – University of California, Berkeley, 2010
B.A. – Yale University, 2005

Interests and Research

Professor Hannah Farber specializes in the political economy of colonial North America, the early American republic, and the Atlantic World. Additional research interests include early modern globalization, the culture of economic life, and visual and material culture. Her manuscript in progress, tentatively titled Underwriters of the United States, explains how the transnational system of marine insurance, by governing the behavior of American merchants, influenced the establishment and early development of the American republic. For current CV and more frequent updates, seehttps://columbia.academia.edu/HannahFarber

Hannah Farber is co-organizer (with John Dixon) of the 2017-2018 Columbia University Seminar on Early American History and Culture.


  • HIST GR8501: Readings in Early American History (graduate)
  • The Early American Republic: How the Rebels Became the Empire (undergraduate survey)


  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC-Berkeley
  • Exploratory Travel Grant, Economic History Association
  • Fellowship, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
  • Marty and Bruce Coffey Fellowship, Huntington Library
  • Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association
  • Finalist, Dissertation Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Barra Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
  • Long Term Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia
  • George H. Guttridge Graduate Prize, History Department, UC-Berkeley
  • Short-Term Academic Research Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society
  • Short-Term Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • John Addison Porter prize for best undergraduate thesis in American history, Yale University


  • American Historical Association
  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic


“State-Building After War’s End: A Government Financier Adjusts his Portfolio for Peace,” Taking Stock of the State in Nineteenth-Century America, Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2018): 67-76.

[In Progress:] Manuscript: Underwriters of the United States.

“Insurance,” Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard, Sept. 2016.

Review of Building the Empire State (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) by Brian Phillips Murphy. William and Mary Quarterly 73 (3) July 2016: 596-601.

“Millions for Credit: Peace with Algiers and the Establishment of America’s Commercial Reputation Overseas, 1795-96,” Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer 2014), 187-217.

“Nobody Panic: The Emerging Worlds of Economics and History in America,” book review of Jessica Lepler, The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis (Cambridge, 2013), and Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard, 2012),Enterprise and Society, Fall 2015.

“Insurance in Philadelphia,” Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, ed. Charlene Mires, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers University-Camden.http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/insurance/.

“Geography, Sovereignty and Space: The 2012-2013 Year at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.” Early American Studies, online, June, 2013.

“Enlightenment in the Margins,” review of Caroline Winterer, “The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Library,” Common-Place.org, Sept. 2011.

“The Rise and Fall of the Province of Lygonia, 1643–1658,” New England Quarterly 82 (Sept. 2009), 490–513.