Jonathan Levy

Professor of US History, Fundamentals, Social Thought, and the College
Associate Faculty Member, Law School
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, the College


Jonathan Levy has been the Faculty Director of LLSO since 2018.  He is a Professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Social Thought, and also an affiliate faculty member of the Law School.

Levy is a historian of economic life in the United States, with an interest in the relationships between the economy and law, among other subjects.  

Levy is the author of Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States (forthcoming in September 2020, Random House), a single volume history of the US from English colonial settlement through the Great Recession, and also Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard UP, 2012), which won multiple book prizes, including the American Society for Legal History's William Nelson Cromwell Book Prize.

Recent courses taught by Levy include “Property and the Public Interest,” “The Age of Keynes,” “Rise of the Modern Corporation,” “Global Economic History from the Great Depression through the Great Recession,” and “History of American Capitalism.”

Levy is one of the co-editors of the journal Critical Historical Studies.