Vanessa Ogle

Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
Tuesday/Wednesday, 2–3 p.m. and by appointment (Fall 2017)
2207 Dwinelle
Education: 
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA/MA, Free Universityof Berlin

 

Research Interests: 

Capitalism; Political Economy; Globalization; Empire and Colonialism; Rights and Legal Regimes; Natural Resources and the Environment

Profile: 

Employment

  • Associate Professor, Late Modern Europe, UC Berkeley, 2017-
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Modern Europe, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2017

Interests and Current Work

I am a historian of Europe from the 18th century to the present. While my particular interests lie in Western Europe (Britain, France, Germany, mostly), I conceive of Europe broadly and seek to place European history in the context of its interactions with the wider world. Europe's imperial and colonial past beyond the geographic boundaries of the continent is an important part of that history. Similarly, the sprawling nature of capitalism and the world economy require an engagement with non-European history. In my now completed first book (The Global Transformation of Time: 1870-1950) I traced changing political, legal, and cultural regimes of time during an area of intensified global interactions between Europe and other world regions. The book follows time in its different manifestations as clock time, calendar time, and social and cultural time from Germany, France, and Britain, to British India, the colonial world broadly, the late Ottoman Levant and Egypt, and the League of Nations. I consider this book an attempt and proposal to conceptualize European history as global and international. I published an article related to the book in The American Historical Review in 2013.

My current book project is titled Archipelago Capitalism: A History of the Offshore World, 1920s-1980s. It reopens the history of twentieth-century political economy and capitialism (in its free-market, neoliberal variety in particular) in Europe and beyond, by pointing to an economic,  legal, and political regime of smaller, often enclave-like territories and spaces that thrived on the sidelines of a world otherwise increasingly dominated by nation-states: tax havens, offshore finance, flags of convenience, and free trade zones. At the same time, the book provides the first archivally-based account of how 'offshore' came into existence as a sophisticated, far-flung system often beyond the reach of national regulators and governments. The book thus seeks to shed light on the origins of tax avoidance and evasion on a global scale, one of the most pressing current problems with profound implications for the rise of inequality throughout the twentieth century. A pilot article based off this work is forthcoming in The American Historical Review in December 2017.

Since graduate school, I have maintained an interest in the histories and languages of the (Arab) Middle East, and relations between Europe and the Middle East are an additional area of expertise. 

I am eager to work with graduate students in any area bordering my interests, and I am particularly enthusiastic about advising multi-archival, multi-linguistic projects that require training in different languages and national histories. Prospective students should contact me for advice on the application process.

Select Recent Honors and Fellowships

  • American Historical Association, George Louis Beer Prize for best book in European International History since 1895 (for The Global Transformation of Time),  2016 
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney, 2016
  • Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ best book prize (for The Global Transformation of Time), 2016
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship,  2016-2017
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for University Teachers, 2016-2017
  • Princeton University Shelby Cullom Davis Center fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) grant for "Archipelago Capitalism", 2015-2018
  • International Research Award in Global History 2016, awarded by Universities of Basel, Heidelberg, Sydney, for organization of a conference
  • Social Science History Association President’s Award best first book manusccript (for The Global Transformation of Time), 2014
  • Council for European Studies  best article prize (for Whose Time is It?), 2014
  • Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton, NJ, 2013-2014

 

Representative Publications: 

Book: 

The Global Transformation of Time: 1870 – 1950 (Harvard University Press, October 2015).

Articles:

“Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Offshore Money, and the State, 1940s-1970s,” forthcoming, American Historical Review, December 2017

 “State Rights against Private Capital: The “New International Economic Order” and the Struggle over Aid, Trade, and Foreign Investment, 1962-1980,” Humanity 5 no. 2 (2014): 211-234.

“Whose Time Is It? The Pluralization of Time and the Global Condition, 1870s-1940s,” American Historical Review 120, no. 5 (December 2013): 1376-1402.

 “Die Kolonisierung der Zeit: Repräsentationen Französischer Kolonien auf den Pariser Weltausstellungen von 1889 und 1900”[Colonizing Time: Representations of French Colonies at the Parisian World’s Fairs of 1889 and 1900], Zeitschrift für historische Anthropologie 13, no. 3 (2005): 376-395.

Courses

Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 280B Capitalism