Scott C. Miller


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Field & Specialties

History of Capitalism; Business and Economic History; Early American Political Economy; Credit Markets and Financial Innovation

Education

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Ph.D American Economic and Business History, Expected May 2018; MA History, 2013
Examination Fields: The Development of American Capitalism, 1700-1920; Early American History and the Atlantic World, 1650-1830; The Global Economy, 1850-Present
Advisors: Mark Thomas and Alan Taylor
 
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
MA History, American History emphasis, May 2013
 
Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA
BA History/Political Science with Honors, American History emphasis, summa cum laude, May 2007

A proud Coloradoan, Scott C. Miller is a Ph.D candidate in early American economic history and business culture at the University of Virginia (UVa). After earning a Masters of Arts at George Mason University in American History (2013) and a second MA in Economic History at the University of Virginia (2015), Scott successfully completed comprehensive examinations in the Development of American Capitalism, 1700-1920, Early American History and the Atlantic World, 1650-1830, and the Global Economy, 1850-Present in September 2015. Scott is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the Bankard Fund for Political Economy Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Research Fellowship. Scott’s work focuses on the socio-political effects of financial and economic change and the development of commercial networks and markets in times of economic panic and depression. Scott is currently researching his dissertation, “A Merchant’s Republic: Independence, Depression, and the Development of American Capitalism, 1760-1807,” which analyzes the merchant-entrepreneur-led reformation of American business after American independence.

Publications

“Financial Speculation and America’s First Financial Crisis,” Financial History, 108, Fall 2013: 28-31.
 
“That Universal Panic Which Now Prevails”: An Analytical Narrative of the Panic of 1791. MA thesis, George Mason University, 2013.
 
“Pacific Air War Archive.” Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Spring 2013. http://www.pacificairwar.org/.
 
“Alexander Hamilton and the Freedom of the Press,” Clio and Cicero, Spring 2010: 1-15.

Current Research

Scott’s research focuses on the socio-political effects of financial and economic change and the development of commercial networks and markets in times of economic panic and depression. Scott is currently researching his dissertation, “A Merchant’s Republic: Independence, Depression, and the Development of American Capitalism, 1760-1807,” which analyzes the merchant-entrepreneur-led reformation of American business after American independence. This project follows a cast of approximately 100 merchant-entrepreneurs in Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, New York, and Charleston, tracing the evolution of their business practices and the capitalist culture they inaugurated. In the end, Scott aims to demonstrate the importance of human contingency in the creation of capitalist institutions while combating the macroeconomic determinism that so frequently dominates interpretations of  early American economic development.

Awards & Honors

James C. Rees Entrepreneurship Fellowship, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (2016-2017)

Bankard Fund for Political Economy Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2017)

Buckner W. Clay Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship (2016-2017)

John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellowship (2016)

Best Paper By A Graduate Student, The Virginia Forum (2016)

Economic History Association Exploratory Travel and Data Grant (2016)

Jack Miller Center Summer Institute Fellowship (2016)

Tyree-Lamb Fellowship, The Society of the Cincinnati (2016)           

Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowship, Harvard Business School (2016)

Short-Term Research Grant, University of Virginia (2015)

Alfred D. Chandler Travel Grant, Business History Conference (2015)

History Conference Fellowship, University of Virginia (2015)

Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding History Graduate Award, Vanguard University (2007)

Dean’s Distinguished Scholar’s List, Vanguard University (2005-2007)

Courses Taught

“United States Military History, 1600-1900,” Teaching Assistant for Professor Gary Gallagher. Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia. (Spring 2016)

“U.S. Economic History,” Teaching Assistant for Professor Mark Thomas. Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia. (Fall 2014 & Fall 2015)

“The History of the United States, 1865 to the Present,” Teaching Assistant for Professor Olivier Zunz. Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia. (Spring 2015)

“History of American Banking and Finance,” Special Instructor and Grader for Professor John James. Department of Economics, University of Virginia. (Fall 2014)

“United States History,” Teaching Intern for Professor John Wilson. Department of History and Political Science, Vanguard University of Southern California. (Spring 2007)

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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