I am a historian, teaching in the Economics Department at the Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. I took my PhD with distinction from Yale University in 2017 and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.
My work lies at the intersection of intellectual history, the history of capitalism, and American Studies. My research and writing are driven by an interest in the history of the middle class–particularly the professional middle class–and the strategies it has used to secure itself against economic misfortune. This focus cuts against almost two centuries of narratives of the “rise” of the middle class, of bourgeois revolutions, of the American dream–all stories of upward mobility. My work asks how much more we can learn by stressing the equally long history of the middle class’s constant entanglement with both the specter and the reality of downward mobility.
I am exploring this history in two book projects, The Common Man: The Idea of the Middle-Class Economy in the United States, 1920-1960 and Human Capital: The Career of an Idea. You can read more about those two projects at my personal website (https://www.andrew-seal.com/).
My work has been published in both academic and popular venues, including n+1, Dissent, The Washington Post, Enterprise & Society, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Politics, Religion, and Ideology, Middle West Review, Public Seminar, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. I am also an assistant editor and regular writer for the US Intellectual History Blog. You can find my USIH writing here: https://s-usih.org/author/andrew-seal/.
Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University
M.A., American Studies, Yale University
M.Phil., American Studies, Yale University
B.A., English & Religion, Dartmouth College
History of Economics
History of world capitalism
Modern American Intellectual History
ECON 501: Business and Economic History
Seal, A. (2021). Cleveland's Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and Midwestern Racial Liberalism. In A. Seal, J. Lauck, J. Hogan, P. V. Murphy, & G. Whitney (Eds.), The Sower and the Seer: Perspectives on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Retrieved from https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS15605
Seal, A. (2021). The Sower and the Seer: Perspectives on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest. A. Seal, J. Lauck, J. Hogan, P. V. Murphy, & G. Whitney (Eds.), Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Retrieved from https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS15605
Seal, A. (2017). The Regrowth of American Thought. Middle West Review, 3(2), 1-19. doi:10.1353/mwr.2017.0000