Keith Harris holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon.
Harris's research examines the political conflicts over trade policy in the early American republic, focusing especially on the debates between free trade advocates and protectionists in the trans-Appalachian West. He uses debates over trade and tariffs as a window into early American's evolving understanding of the relationship between markets, governmental authority, and the role of the state in promoting economic development. This research illuminates how rapid changes in the American economy throughout the nineteenth century shaped changing conceptions of markets and governance, which motivated political movements and informed policy debates.
Areas of Expertise
Early American Republic, History of Capitalism, Political Economy