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Scott P. Marler

Associate Professor

[Scott Marler and Emily]

Office: 123 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.3975
Fax: 901.678.2720
Education: Ph.D., History, Rice University, 2007
CV: http:/ (MS Word)


Fields of interest

The US South; the Atlantic World; economic, urban, and intellectual history; history of capitalism; historiography and theory. My recently published book focused on the mercantile community of nineteenth-century New Orleans. My future research will continue to center around merchant capital, particularly the roles it played in slavery, commodities networks, and various sites of Atlantic World development.

Courses taught

HIST2010: US History to 1877; HIST3840: US Constitutional History; HIST3930: The New South; HIST4051: The Atlantic World; HIST4059/6059: Studies in Atlantic World Capitalism; HIST7890: Graduate Historiography Seminar US to 1877

Representative publications

  • The Merchants's Capital: New Orleans and the Political Economy of the Nineteenth-Century South (Cambridge University Press, 2013) [This book won the 2013 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize, which is awarded by the Louisiana Historical Society and the Historic New Orleans Collection for the best book on Louisiana history.]
  • “Two Kinds of Freedom: Mercantile Development and Labor Systems in Louisiana Cotton and Sugar Parishes after the Civil War,” Agricultural History 85 (Spring 2011): 225–51
  • “‘A Monument to Commercial Isolation’: Merchants and the Economic Decline of Postbellum New Orleans,” Journal of Urban History 36 (July 2010)
  • “‘An Abiding Faith in Cotton’: The Merchant Capitalist Community of New Orleans, 1860-1862,” Civil War History 54 (September 2008)
  • “Stuck in the Middle (Class) With You” [on Jonathan Daniel Wells, The Origins of the Southern Middle Class], Historical Methods 39 (Fall 2006)
  • “Après le Déluge: New Orleans and the New Environmental History,” Journal of Urban History 32 (March 2006)
  • “The Economics of Reconstruction” [with Peter A. Coclanis], in A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction, ed. Lacy K. Ford (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2005)
  • “Fables of the Reconstruction: Reconstruction of the Fables,” Journal of the Historical Society 4 (Winter 2004)

(A complete list of publications can be found in my curriculum vitae (MS Word).)

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