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Shaun S. Nichols


Labor History
Economic History
U.S. and the World


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016
M.A., Harvard University, 2012
B.A., Western Washington University, 2010

Shaun S. Nichols is an Assistant Professor of History at Boise State University, where his research and teaching center on the history of capitalism, labor, and immigration in the United States and the world. His current book project, Crisis Capital: Industrial Massachusetts and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1813-Present, explores the cyclical history of American industrialization and de-industrialization, following how the crisscrossing global flows of migrant labor, mobile industry, and financial capital continually shaped and re-shaped the Massachusetts economy over the last two centuries. At Boise State, he teaches courses on American and global economic history, economic crisis, labor history, and American intellectual history.

Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Nichols served as a College Fellow in History at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and an Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has written book reviews and articles for journals such as Enterprise & Society, the Business History Review, and Labour/Le Travail. He has also published work on the teaching of business history around the world.

Nichols received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2016 and his B.A. from Western Washington University in 2010.


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Global Capitalism
U.S. Economic History
When the Bottom Falls Out: The History of Economic Crisis in America
History of American Capitalism

Selected Scholarship

“Crisis Capital: Industrial Massachusetts and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1865-Present” Enterprise & Society 18, no. 4 (Dec. 2017): 795-809.

“Guide to Business History Courses” (co-author, with Walter Friedman) in Guide to Business History Courses Worldwide, eds. Walter Friedman and Geoff Jones (Harvard Business School, 2012), e-book.