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.

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.