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Shaun S. Nichols


History of Capitalism
Labor and Immigration
U.S. and the World


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016
A.M., Harvard University, 2012
B.A., Western Washington University, 2010

Shaun S. Nichols is an Assistant Professor of History at Boise State University, where his research and teaching center on the history of capitalism, labor, and immigration in the United States and the world. His current book project, Crisis Capital: Industrial Massachusetts and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1813-Present, explores the cyclical history of American industrialization and de-industrialization, following how the crisscrossing global flows of migrant labor, mobile industry, and financial capital continually shaped and re-shaped the Massachusetts economy over the last two centuries. At Boise State, he teaches courses on American and global economic history, economic crisis, labor history, and American intellectual history.

Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Nichols served as a College Fellow in History at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and an Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has written book reviews and articles for journals such as Enterprise & Society, the Business History Review, and Labour/Le Travail. He has also published work on the teaching of business history around the world.


Office: L177
Spring 2022 Office Hours: Please email for appointment.


UF 100: History of American Capitalism
HIST 268: Working in America: Class, Labor, and Inequality
HIST 350: United States Economic History
HIST 356: Debating Capitalism: The History Of American Economic Thought
HIST 357: When The Bottom Falls Out: Economic Crisis in American History
HIST 358: Global Capitalism

Selected Scholarship

“Harmonious Insurrections: ‘Labor Progressivism’ and Working-Class Power in Washington State, 1886-1919,” forthcoming in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History.

“Crisis Capital: Industrial Massachusetts and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1865-Present” Enterprise & Society 18, no. 4 (Dec. 2017): 795-809.

“Guide to Business History Courses” (co-author, with Walter Friedman) in Guide to Business History Courses Worldwide, eds. Walter Friedman and Geoff Jones (Harvard Business School, 2012), e-book.