Paul Kershaw is a historian of twentieth-century US and Mexican history, specializing in US and the World, the politics of economic development, and the history of capitalism.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Modern U.S.
- History of Capitalism
- U.S. and the World
- Modern Mexico
Kershaw's current book project investigates the intellectual and political development of International Monetary Fund (IMF) "structural adjustment" programs and demonstrates how those programs became the first-line response to a series of international debt crises. His research shows that the US government and the IMF worked out the general strategy of structural adjustment programs initially, in the early 1970s, as a concession to demands by less developed countries for greater access to the financial resources of industrial nations and then later through their responses to Mexican debt crises of 1976 and 1982. Kershaw is also interested in neoliberalism and capitalism as analytical categories, and in how we can make these terms useful for the purpose of explaining how disparate historical cases may share common causal features.
- Ph.D., History, New York University, 2014
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1996
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 1990
Awards and grants
History of Capitalism Faculty Fellowship, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University, 2015-2016
Hagley Library, Exploratory Research Grant, 2014
Princeton Library Research Grant, 2008
O’Donnell Grant, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, 2008
Penfield Fellowship for Research in International Affairs, New York University, 2008
Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant, 2007
- HIS 5070/7070, Comtemporary American History: 1945 to Present (4 cr.)
- HIS 1400, The World Since 1945 (Asynchronous 3 cr.)
- HIS 5300/7300, History of American Capitalism (Synchronous 4 cr.) Winter 2021
- HIS 8030, Seminar Modern America (4 cr.) Fall 2020
- HIS 5130/7130, U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1933 (4 cr.) Fall 2018
- HIS 1400, The World Since 1945 (4 cr.), Winter 2018