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

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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.