Welcome Professor Ferguson
Ferguson is the latest in a series of history superstars my lovely department has attracted over the past several years. Harvard is certainly the place to do American History these days; witness the recruitment (now several years in the past) of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and more recently the hiring of Joyce Chaplin, Drew Gilpin Faust, Nancy Cott, and Jill Lepore. Now it looks like Harvard is revving up to dethrone Princeton and Yale as places to be for economic history and intellectual history. The next few years should be exciting!