Aaron Benanav

Harper-Schmidt Fellow
Collegiate Asst. Professor, Social Sciences
Affiliate Faculty, History Department
The University of Chicago

My research explores the ways that transnational networks of economic expertise shaped development projects in newly independent states, giving rise to issues surrounding the application of European economic concepts, such as unemployment and economic growth, to post-colonial contexts. Drawing on histories of unemployment in Europe as well as critical historical and social theories, my work presents the global history of unemployment as a history of government efforts to categorize and control irregular, informal, and precarious forms of work.