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Dr. Mara Caden
Marshall Center Visiting Research Fellow
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Mara Caden is a historian of money, manufacturing, and political economy in the early modern British Atlantic World and Early America. Her book manuscript, "Mint Conditions: The Politics and Geography of Money in Britain and its Empire," is a study of monetary policy and the manufacture of money in Britain and its colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Debates about who had the legal right to coin or print money, where that money could be made, and where it was allowed to circulate, determined the constitutional status of Britain's colonies. This project offers a new explanation for colonial underdevelopment, helps to explain why there was an American Revolution, establishes the monetary foundation for the financial revolution and the growth of the fiscal-military state, and argues for the centrality of the state to industrial development. Caden has forthcoming articles in the Journal of British Studies and an edited volume entitled The Cultural History of Money in the Enlightenment (Bloomsbury Press). She is co-editing a volume with Andrew Apter, tentatively titled "Coins of the Realm: Money, Value, and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Atlantic," which they hope to publish in 2018. Her research has received support from institutions including the Program on Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Harvard Program on the Study of Capitalism, the Tobin Project, the Huntington Library, and the American Philosophical Society. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Critical Social Thought, she completed her Ph.D. at Yale University in 2017.

Education
Ph.D., Yale University 2017
History
M.Phil., Yale University 2012
History
M.A., Yale University 2012
History
B.A., Mount Holyoke College 2007
Critical Social Thought
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Room 245 Jepson Hall
(804) 289-8008