Current Scholarship by Phillip W. Magness


I am an economic historian whose work focuses on the United States and the broader Atlantic world. My research explores the intersection of history and political economy, including the 19th century as well as longer term trends in the macroeconomy such as taxation, trade, and economic inequality. I also work on the political economy and business ethics of higher education.

A glimpse into my ongoing research interests, as well as general commentary on academia, may be found on my blog. A presentation that I gave on the black abolitionist John Willis Menard for C-Span’s American History TV appears below:

Abolitionist John Willis Menard was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1868, and although he was never seated, he was the first African American to address the House chamber.

Watch the full program here on C-Span’s American History TV

Website Highlights:

Index of New Civil War Document Discoveries

New Scholarship Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War