Michael Zakim

 

Department of History

Tel Aviv University

 

Contact

Address: Department of History
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv  69978 
Israel

Phone: (03) 640-5027
Cell    : 054-6288686

Email: zakim@post.tau.ac.il

 

EDUCATION

B.A., Oberlin College, 1981 (highest honors in history)

 

B.Mus., Oberlin College, 1981

 

M.A., Columbia University, 1992

 

M.Phil., Columbia University, 1994

 

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1998 (with distinction)

 

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

American political economy and capitalism (including labor history); political theory; modern material culture; fashion; history of photography; sociology of knowledge; history of the body; gender studies.

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

 

Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men’s Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860, University of Chicago Press, 2003
(paperback edition, 2005).

 

 

 

Edited Projects

 

Capitalism Takes Command: the Social Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America (with Gary Kornblith), University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.

Hard Times, a special issue of Common-place, vol. 3, no. 3 (April 2010).

Privacy: A History (with Milette Shamir), a special issue of the historical quarterly Zmanim 104 (Fall 2008), in Hebrew.

The Body in History, a special issue of the historical quarterly Zmanim 78 (Spring 2002), in Hebrew.

 

 

 

Articles and Chapters

 

“An American Revolutionary Tradition” (with Gary Kornblith), introduction to Capitalism Takes Command: the Social Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America, Michael Zakim and Gary Kornblith, eds. (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

“Producing Capitalism: the Clerk at Work,” in Capitalism Takes Command: the Social Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America, Michael Zakim and Gary Kornblith, eds. (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

 “The Birth of the Clothing Industry in America, 1815-1860,” in A Perfect Fit; the Garment Industry and American Jewry (Texas Tech University Press, forthcoming).

“Statistics-for-Profit,” in Measuring Everything (Ben Gurion University Press, 2010), in Hebrew.

“The Best of Times and the Worst of Times,” introduction to Hard Times, a special issue of Common-place, vol. 3, no. 3 (April 2010).

Inventing Industrial Statistics,” in Money Matters: The Law, Politics, and Economics of Currency, a special issue of Theoretical Inquiries in Law, vol. 11, no. 1 (2009).

“I Make Myself Sick: On the Pathologies of American Individualism,” Zmanim 104 (Fall 2008), in Hebrew.

“The History of Privacy” (with Milette Shamir), Zmanim 104 (Fall 2008), in Hebrew.

“Free Soil, Free Labor, and Free Markets: Merchant Clerks, Industrial Statistics, and the Tautologies of Profit,” in Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History, edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny von Eschen (Columbia University Press, 2007).

“The Business Clerk as Social Revolutionary: A Labor History of the Non-Producing Classes,” Journal of the Early Republic, vol. 26, no. 4 (2006).

“Bookkeeping as Ideology: Capitalist Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century America,” Common-place, vol. 6, no. 3 (April 2006).

“The Dialectics of Merchant Capital: New York City Businessmen during the Secession Winter, 1860-1861,” New York History, vol. 87, no. 1 (Winter 2006).

“Seamstresses and Whores: Working Women, Women’s Work, and the Rise of the Middle Class,” Historia 15 (2005), in Hebrew.

“The Profitable Body,” Zmanim 78 (Spring 2002), in Hebrew.

“The Body in History,” Zmanim 78 (Spring 2002), in Hebrew.

“Sartorial Ideologies: From Homespun to Ready-Made,” American Historical Review, vol. 106, no. 5 (December 2001).

Reprinted in Peter McNeil, Critical and Primary Sources on Fashion, Oxford: Berg, 2008.

“Capitalism, Capitalists, and the War Against Slavery,” in The Liberal Tradition in America, Arnon Gutfeld, ed., Tel Aviv:  Zmora-Beitan, 2001, in Hebrew.

“A Ready-Made Business: The Birth of the Clothing Industry in America,” Business History Review 73 (Spring 1999).

“Capitalism, Democracy, and the Business Suit,” Zmanim 66 (Spring 1999), in Hebrew.

“Customizing the Industrial Revolution: The Reinvention of Tailoring in the Nineteenth Century,” Winterthur Portfolio, vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1998).

Reprinted in McNeil and Karaminas, Men’s Fashion Reader, Oxford: Berg, 2008.

“What is a Political History of Clothing?” Library Columns, (Spring 1997).

 

 

 

Reviews

 

On the Make, by Brian Luskey, American Historical Review, vol. 115, no. 5 (December 2010).

The Dress of the People, by John Styles, Social History, vol. 33, no. 4 (2009).

States of Inquiry: Social Investigations and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the United States, by Oz Frankel, American Historical Review, volume 113 (June 2008).

The Boarding House in Nineteenth-Century America, by Wendy Gamber, Common-place, volume 8 (October 2008).

A Foot in the Past, by Giorgio Riello, Business History Review, volume 81 (2007).

Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth, by Sean Patrick Adams, American Historical Review (December 2005).

Commodification of Childhood, by Daniel Thomas Cook, Business History Review, volume 79 (Spring 2005).

Well Suited, by Katrina Honeyman, in Business History Review, volume 76 (Summer 2002).

Making Houses, Crafting Capitalism, by Donna J. Rilling, in Enterprise & Society, volume 3 (June 2002).

A House Dividing, by John Majewski, in Enterprise & Society, volume 2 (June 2001).

The Culture of Sewing, by Barbara Burman, ed., in Business History Review, volume 74 (Autumn 2000).

“History in Black and White: A Review of Amistad,” in Zmanim 64 (Autumn 1998), in Hebrew.

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND HONORS

Israel Science Foundation Research Grant, 2008-10

 

Vice President’s Award for Scholarship, Tel Aviv University, 2007

 

Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2003

 

Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American Civilization, 2002

 

European Seminar on Consumption and Gender, 2000-1

 

Bancroft Dissertation Award, Columbia University, 1998

 

Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize (nomination), OAH, 1998

 

Dissertation with Distinction, Columbia University, 1998

 

Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellow in the Humanities, 1997-8

 

Rovensky Fellow in American Business and Economic History, 1996-7

 

President’s Fellow, Columbia University, 1993-1996

 

Hagley Research Fellow, Hagley Library of Business and Technology, 1995

 

Richard Hofstadter Fellow in History, Columbia University, 1991-2

 

Highest Honors in History, Oberlin College, 1981

 

Concerto Finalist, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1980

 

 

 

COURSES

Democracy in America

 

Material Culture in Nineteenth-Century America

 

The Birth of the Modern Body, or How the Bourgeoisie Reinvented Nature in its Own Image

 

Social History of Capitalism in the United States

 

Slavery and Race in the Americas, 1500-1900

 

Power, Class, and Gender in the United States, 1750-1860

 

Society, Politics, and Culture: A Survey of American History