Andrew Seal

Phone: (603) 862-0611
Office: Economics, Paul College Rm 255H, Durham, NH 03824
Andrew Seal

My work lies at the intersection of the history of capitalism and U.S. intellectual history. My book project, which is based off my dissertation, is a history of the concept of human capital. It is titled The Roots of Human Capital: Citizenship, Property, and Political Economy, 1830-1960, and is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series ( You can read more about it at my personal website (

I received my PhD with honors in 2017 from Yale University and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. I regularly blog at the Society for US Intellectual History (


  • Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University
  • M.A., American Studies, Yale University
  • M.Phil., American Studies, Yale University
  • B.A., English & Religion, Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • American History
  • Economic History
  • History of Law
  • Intellectual History
  • Political History
  • Political Theory

Courses Taught

  • ECON 501: Business and Economic History

Selected Publications

Seal, A. (2017). The Regrowth of American Thought. Middle West Review, 3(2), 1-19. doi:10.1353/mwr.2017.0000

Seal, A. (2016). Freedom from Abstraction. Dissent, 63(4), 145-149. doi:10.1353/dss.2016.0087

Most Cited Publications