Sophus Reinert is T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of Business Administration and of History in the Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School and in the History Department and Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship.
Professor Reinert studies the global histories of business, capitalism, and political economy from the Middle Ages to today’s emerging markets, focusing particularly on questions of international competition and the role played by governments in both economic development and decline. In addition to various research projects including indigenous entrepreneurship in the Arctic and the relationship between capitalism and slavery, he is currently writing books on Renaissance Economics, on Viking Nazis, and on the globalization of Vermouth.
Professor Reinert earned his Ph.D. in history at the University for Cambridge, together with an M.Phil. in political thought and intellectual history. As an undergraduate, he studied history at Cornell University. Before joining Harvard, he was a Carl Schurz Fellow at the Krupp Chair in Public Finance and Fiscal Sociology at the University of Erfurt, Germany, a fellow of the Einaudi Foundation in Turin, Italy, and a research fellow and an affiliated lecturer in history at Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge (UK).