Andrew Seal



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, and it focuses on the broad question of how an individual’s aptitudes or faculties—particularly one’s political competence and economically marketable skills—have been used to define and redefine the category of the human within the context of capitalist democracy. I am interested in the theories that American intellectuals have advanced since the Enlightenment about the width or narrowness of the distribution of talents or capacities across different races, genders, and social ranks, and in how these theories have split, unified, or stratified the concept of humanity.