David Henkin


Margaret Byrne Professor of History


PhD, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Yale University

Research Interests

America Since 1607

  • 19th Century
  • urban
  • cultural

Representative Publications


The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are, Yale University Press, 2021.

With Rebecca McLennan, Becoming America: A History for the 21st Century, McGraw-Hill, 2015.

The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America, University of Chicago Press, 2006.

City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York, Columbia University Press, 1998.


"How We Became Weekly," Aeon (November 30, 2021)

"Tick, Tock, Tuesday: Serial Timekeeping and the History of the Modern Week," Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 40:5, 509-524, DOI: 10.1080/08905495.2018.1516964

Sleep and Synchronicity,” Public Books (April 2015) 

New York, Capital of the Jews,” Tablet (January 28, 2013) 

Dollars and Sex,” Public Books (February 2012)  

On Forms and Media,” Representations 104 (Winter 2008)  

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