Aaron Benanav

Postdoctoral Researcher, Humboldt University, Berlin

Aaron Benanav is an economic and labor historian who holds a postdoctoral researcher position at Humboldt University in Berlin and is the academic coordinator for the research unit, “Re-Allocation,” in the Cluster of Excellence “SCRIPTS: Contestations of the Liberal Script,” a seven-year project funded by the German Research Foundation. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century global economic history, employment and unemployment, deindustrialization, informality, inequality, labor market dynamics, population growth, and urbanization. Benanav’s first book, Automation and the Future of Work, is forthcoming from Verso Books in fall 2020. He is now working on a second book project on the global history of unemployment since World War II. Before joining Humboldt, he was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. Benanav holds a PhD and an MA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in History from the University of Chicago.