Joshua L. Rosenbloom

Department of Economics, Professor and Chair


Office:266 Heady
518 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


My research focuses on the historical development of the American economy. I am especially interested in the interaction between institutions, technological change, political structures, and economic development. My prior research includes work on measuring the growth of the American economy in the eighteenth century, the development of U.S. labor markets after the Civil War, and the inequality of wealth distribution in the 1860s.

I am the author of one book, Looking for Work, Searching for Workers: Labor Markets During American Industrialization (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and editor or co-editor of two other books. I have published over 30 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

My articles have appeared in such journals as Social Science History, the Journal of Economic History, and Explorations in Economic History.

From 2012 to 2014 I was the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program, and I am a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, MA). My current research interests include the declining share of women in the U.S. computing workforce, the role of federal funding in promoting scientific progress, and the effects of the U.S. Civil War on wealth holding.