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John Marshall Visiting Research Fellows

Visiting post-doctoral fellows are a vital part of the center's work. Fellows pursue research within the context of the history of political, legal, economic, and constitutional ideas. Fellows present their work, conduct faculty seminars, take part in conferences, and teach upper-level courses for the Jepson School. The John Marshall Visiting Research Fellows are in residence to pursue their own advanced research on the theory and practice of statesmanship from the perspective of the history of political, legal, or economic ideas.

Visiting Research Fellow for 2017–18: Mara Caden

Mara Caden

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.