College of Business and Behavioral Science


Howard Bodenhorn


Office: 200-B Sirrine
Phone: 864-656-4335
Fax: 864-656-4192
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Economics
Rutgers University 1990

M.Phil. Economics
Rutgers University 1990

M.A. Economics
Rutgers University 1987

B.S. Business
Virginia Tech 1982

 Courses Taught

Economic History of the United States
Development of the American Economy
Law & Economics
Creative Inquiry: Textiles and the Transition of the South Carolina Economy
Honors College: A Century of the Federal Reserve
Principles of Microeconomics


I am an economic historian interested in banking and financial history, the economics of crime, and the economics of race and racial identity. My research in banking history focuses on two issues: (1) the connection between banking and economic development in the nineteenth-century; and (2) how alternative corporate governance institutions influenced bank behavior. My research into the history of crime focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing, and the effects of immigration on crime rates. My research into race focuses on color-based disparities among African Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have received major grants from the National Science Foundation and fellowships from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (2006) and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2009). I am a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Development of the American Economy group.

 Research Interests

Banking and financial history, the economic history of crime, the economics of race.

 Research Publications

Howard Bodenhorn. “Criminal Sentencing in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania.” Explorations in Economic History 46.3 (July 2009), 287-298.

Christopher S. Ruebeck, Susan Averett, and Howard Bodenhorn. “Acting White or Acting Black: Mixed-Race Adolescents’ Identity and Behavior.” B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 9.1 (March 2009), Article 9.

Howard Bodenhorn, Carolyn Moehling and Anne Morrison Piehl. “Immigration: America’s Nineteenth-Century Law and Order Problem.” In Migration and Culture, 295-323. Frontiers of Economics of Gloablization Series. Edited by Gil S. Epstein and Ira Gang. Emerald Publishers (2010).

Howard Bodenhorn. “Federal and State Banking Policy in the Federalist Era and Beyond.” In Founding Choices: American Economic Policy in the 1790s, 151-176. Edited by Douglas Irwin and Richard Sylla. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Howard Bodenhorn. “Manumission in Nineteenth-Century Virginia.” Cliometrica 5.2 (June 2011), 145-164.

Howard Bodenhorn, Carolyn Moehling and Gregory N. Price. “Short Criminals: Stature and Crime in Early America.” Journal of Law & Economics 55.2 (May 2012).

Howard Bodenhorn. "Voting Rights, Shareholdings and Leverage at Nineteenth-Century US Banks" Journal of Law & Economics (forthcoming).

Howard Bodenhorn and Eugene N. White. "The Evolution of Bank Board of Directors in New York, 1840-1950." In Enterprising America. Edited by William Collins and Robert A. Margo. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.


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