Alexia Yates, 2019–2020

Rise of the Rentier: France and the Making of Financial Modernity, 1830-1930

William J. Bouwsma Fellowship, 2019-20

Lecturer of Modern History, University of Manchester

Dr. Alexia Yates is lecturer in modern history at the University of Manchester, where she researches urban history and the history of economic life in Europe. Her first book, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital (Harvard University Press, 2015), won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize for Best Book in Non-Canadian History from the Canadian Historical Association in 2016. She is completing a volume on real estate and global urban history, and will spend her time as a Fellow of the National Humanities Center working on a book manuscript on the culture and micro-foundations of financial modernity in nineteenth-century France.

Dr. Yates obtained her PhD from the University of Chicago and previously held postdoctoral fellowships as a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and a Mellon/Newton Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge. She is currently a trustee of the Business History Conference and a founding member of the University of Manchester’s Centre for Economic Cultures.

Selected Publications

  • French History, special issue, France and the New History of Capitalism, edited by Alexia Yates (Forthcoming 2020).
  • Yates, Alexia. “The Double Life of Property: Mobilizing Land and Making Capitalism in Modern France.” Critical Historical Studies 6, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 247–78.
  • Yates, Alexia. “Home-making: Returnees, Squatters, and Planners in Postwar France.” Journal of Urban History 45, no. 5 (2019): 1084–88.
  • Yates, Alexia. “The Durable and the Fleeting: Locating Paris in the Global History of Capitalism.” Canadian Historical Review 28, no. 2 (2017): 159–67.
  • Yates, Alexia. Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.
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