Cyrus Veeser

  • Professor, History
  • Ph.D. Columbia University

Teaching Interests

History of capitalism;
Caribbean and Latin American history;
History of U.S. foreign relations

Research Interests

U.S. foreign economic policy in interwar period;
Modernization in colonies and LDCs, 1870-1930;
Caribbean and Latin American history, 1870-1945;
forced labor and concessions as modernizing strategies


Ph.D. in history from Columbia; author of A World Safe for Capitalism (Columbia, 2002) and Great Leaps Forward (Pearson, 2010); former Fulbright, NEH, and Charles Warren Center fellow; currently associate with Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University

Professional Memberships

  • Latin American Studies Association 2019 - 2020
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2003, National Endowment for the Humanities fellow; Charles Warren Center fellow, Harvard University
  • 2000, Library research fellow, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
  • 1997, Bancroft dissertation prize, Columbia University
  • 1993, Fulbright fellow, Dominican Republic
  • Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Veeser, C. R. (2013). "A Forgotten Instrument of Global Capitalism? International Concessions, 1870-1930". International History Review, (35) 5 1136-1155. (Link)
  • Arenella, L. S., Davi, W., Veeser, C. R., Wiggins, R. A. (2009). The Best of Both Worlds: Infusing Liberal Learning into a Business Curriculum. Liberal Education, (95) 1 (Link)
  • Veeser, C. R. (2009). Concessions as a Modernizing Strategy in the Dominican Republic. Business History Review, (83) 4 27.
  • Veeser, C. R. (2001). Breve Historia de los Bonos no Soberanos. Rumbo, (7) 388 50-52.
  • Veeser, C. R. (1988). Great Books and Bayonets. Harper's. 21-22.
  • Veeser, C. R. (). Discurso en la puesta en circulacion de La Soberania en Jaque. Clio: Organo de la Academia Dominicana de la Historia, (TK) TK 6 pp. . Forthcoming.


  • Veeser, C. R. (2018). La Soberania en Jaque: Ulises Heureaux y la Injerencia Estadounidense, 1890 - 1908, (volume 146 in series) 383 pp. . Santo Domingo: Academia Dominicana de la Historia
  • Veeser, C. R. (2015). El Epistolario de Ulises Heureaux. Forthcoming.
  • Veeser, C. R. (2010). Great Leaps Forward: Modernizers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 192. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall
  • Veeser, C. R. (2002). A World Safe for Capitalism: Dollar Diplomacy and America's Rise to Global Power. 256. New York, New York: Columbia University Press
  • Veeser, C. R. (). Crash, Bang, Boom: How war and depression launched the American Century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press Forthcoming.

  • Book Chapters

  • Veeser, C. R., Bobea, L. J. (2019). Guerrilla Movements in the Dominican Republic In Dirk Kruijt, Eduardo Rey & Alberto Martin, (Eds.) Latin American Guerrilla Movements: Origins, Evolution, Outcomes. 20 pp.. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Veeser, C. R. (2015). "El Protectorado de Estados Unidos" In , (Eds.) Historia del Pueblo Dominicano. 30. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Academia Dominicana de la Historia Forthcoming.
  • Veeser, C. R. (2013). "The Platt Amendment and U.S. Occupation Policies in Latin America" In , (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, Volume II .
  • Veeser, C. R. (2011). “Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, Interventions in, 1903-1934” In Michael Kazin, (Eds.) Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. 67-70. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
  • Veeser, C. R. (2009). U.S. Interventions in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America In Michael Kazin , (Eds.) Princeton Encyclopedia of United States Political History. 12 pp.. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
  • Bobea, L., Veeser, C. R. (2005). Introduction In , (Eds.) Tratados Sobre Seguridad Colectiva. 17-25. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Funglode
  • Veeser, C. R. (2003). Toward Dollar Diplomacy: The Gilded-Age Origins of the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine In , (Eds.) . Diplomatic History
  • Veeser, C. R. (2000). En las Majas de un Gran Molino: La Republica Dominicana en la guerra Espana-Cuba-Estados Unidos In Gaztambides, Antonio, (Eds.) Cien Años de Sociedad: Los 98 del Gran Caribe. 141-52. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Asociacion Puertorriquena de Historiadores
  • Veeser, C. R. (1994). War, Propaganda, and Civilized Values In Elias, Robert, Turpin, Jennifer, (Eds.) Rethinking Peace. 42-48. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner
  • Bobea, L. J., Veeser, C. R. (). The Dominican Republic: Democracy, Still a Work in Progress In Harvey F. Kline, Christine J. Wade, Howard J. Wiarda , (Eds.) Latin American Politics and Development. 9th edition 20 . Milton Park, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire: Routledge Forthcoming.
  • Bobea, L. J., Veeser, C. R. (). "A Very Well Established Culture": Cocaine Market Self-Regulation as Alternative Governance in San Juan, Puerto Rico In Desmond Arias and Thomas Grisaffi, (Eds.) The Moral Economy of the Cocaine Trade. 25 pp. . Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press Forthcoming.

  • Book Reviews

  • Veeser, C. R. (2020). [Review of the book Review of In Their Own Best Interest ]. American Historical Review, (vol. 125) no. 1Bloomington, IN: (Link) Forthcoming.
  • Veeser, C. R. (2018). [Review of the book Review of Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean ]. Business History Review. Cambridge, MA: Forthcoming.
  • Veeser, C. (2016). [Review of the book Review of Dollar Diplomacy by Force: Nation-Building and Resistance in the Dominican Republic ]. H-Net Review [H-Diplo]. (Link)
  • Veeser, C. R. (2013). [Review of the book The Maya in the Mall ]. Business History Review, (87) 3Boston, MA:
  • Veeser, C. R. (2012). [Review of the book The Purposes of Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in Cuba and Hawai’i ]. American Historical Review, (117 ) 3Bloomington, IN:
  • Veeser, C. R. (2006). [Review of the book History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945 ]. American Historical Review, (111) 3
  • Veeser, C. R. (2005). [Review of the book British Merchants in Nineteenth-Century Brazil: Business, Culture and Identity in Bahia ]. Business History Review, (79) 2
  • Veeser, C. R. (2005). [Review of the book Power and Politics in Globalization: The Indispensable State ]. Business and Society Review, (110) 2
  • Veeser, C. R. (2005). [Review of the book Race over Empire: Racism and U.S. Imperialism ]. American Historical Review, (110) 5
  • Veeser, C. R. (2004). [Review of the book Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 1500-1989 ]. Business History Review, (78) 1

  • Other(s)

  • Veeser, C. R. (). Un Mundo Seguro Para el CapitalismoAcademia Dominicana de la Historia. Forthcoming.
  • Presentations

  • Veeser, C. R. (2021). “Between states and markets: “institutional capacity” and development in historical perspective” Presented at theWorld Economic History Congress Paris, France
  • Veeser, C. R. (2020). “"The Latin American Guerrilla: Origins, Evolution, and Legacy" ” Presented at the Latin American Studies Association Latin American Studies Association 2020 Conference Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Veeser, C. R. (2019). “The Mystery of Foquismo: Che Guevara’s Strategy of Guerrilla War and its Consequences ” Presented at the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program, Gettysburg College Speakers Series Gettysburg, PA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2018). “La Soberania en Jaque” Presented at the Academia Dominicana de la Historia Publication of book translation Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Veeser, C. R., Borgeld, H., Thompson, D. S., Twait, S. (2017). “"Alliance Management Learnings from Great Leaders"” Presented at the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals BioPharma Conference Cambridge, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2017). ““Sovereign Debt and Sovereignty in the Dominican Republic, 1893- 1905” ” Presented at the São Paulo School of Economics & Fundação Getúlio Vargas Politics and Sovereign Debt in Latin America in Historical Perspective Workshop São Paulo
  • Veeser, C. (2016). “MILITARY COUPS IN MIDDLE EAST, LATIN AMERICA AND BEYOND” Presented at the Harvard Law School As Egypt Goes, So Goes the Middle East Cambridge, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2015). “invited commentator on Kris Manjapra’s paper, Plantation Dispossessions: Tracing the Global Travels of Caribbeanity” Presented at the Harvard University Political Economy of Modern Capitalism Workshop Cambridge, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2013). “Reciprocal Impact: Inter-American Capitalisms and U.S. Empire in the 20th Century ” Presented at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual meeting Washington, D.C.
  • Veeser, C. R. (2013). “Bricks and mortar, flesh and blood: Why real humans in real classrooms are still better than online colleges” Presented at the Department of History, Government & Economics, North Shore Community College Annual Retreat Danvers, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2013). “Capital Fight or Capital Fight? Protecting Foreign Investment in the Periphery in the First Age of Globalization” Presented at the Huntington Library Capitalizing on Finance: New Directions in the History of Capitalism San Marino, California
  • Veeser, C. R. (2012). ““Universal rights at the hour of maximum empire” ” Presented at the University of South Carolina Law School Rudolph Barnes Symposium Columbia, South Carolina
  • Veeser, C. R. (2012). ““Universal rights at the hour of maximum empire”” Presented at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Working Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Cambridge, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2011). ““Using ‘Artifact Capsules’ in World History” ” Presented at the New England World History Association Symposium Braided Narratives: Integrating Teaching and Research Salem State College, Salem, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2011). ““Concessions, Sovereignty, and Modernization: State Power and Foreign Direct Investment in the First Age of Globalization”” Presented at the New School / University of Manchester Power and the History of Capitalism New York, NY
  • Veeser, C. R. (2011). “"Homo Economicus in the Tropics"” Presented at the University of Vienna Development Discourse in Africa Vienna, Austria
  • Veeser, C. R. (2008). ““Homo Economicus in the Tropics: Forced Labor as a Modernizing Strategy” ” Presented at the British Academy Commodities of Empire London
  • Veeser, C. R. (2006). ““A Forgotten Instrument of Global Capitalism? International Concessions, 1870-1930” ” Presented at the Harvard Business School Institutional Foundations of Capitalism Seminar Cambridge, MA
  • Goldman, M., Herzberg, B. I., Marquez, I., Veeser, C. R. (2003). “Liberal and Professional: The Experience of the Liberal Arts at Bentley College”
  • Veeser, C. R. (2003). Presented at the Harvard University Charles Warren Center seminar Cambridge, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2003). Presented at theBusiness History Conference Lowell, MA
  • Veeser, C. R. (2001). Presented at the LASA Latin American Studies Association annual meeting Washington, D.C.
  • Veeser, C. R. (2000). Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Section World History Association annual meeting New Jersey
  • Veeser, C. R. (1995). Presented at the SHAFR Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual meeting Annapolis, MD
  • Veeser, C. R. (1995). Presented at the Gettysburg College Latin American Studies Program seminar Gettysburg, PA
  • Service

    Department Service

  • Committee Member for Search Committee, tenure-track assistant professor of business and economic history 2021 - Present
  • Committee Chair for Department chair search committee 2019 - 2019
  • Committee Chair for Department chair review and search committee 2016 - 2016
  • Committee Member for European/Empire Search Committee 2012 - 2013
  • Committee Chair for Chair Review and Search Committee 2012 - 2012
  • University Service

  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Policy Committee 2019 - 2022
  • Mentor (Faculty) for First Year Seminar 2021 - 2021
  • FYS instructor for First Year Seminar 2019 - 2019
  • Task Force Chair for Curriculum revision task force 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Chair for Undergraduate Curriculum Task Force 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Research Council 2014 - 2017
  • member, then co-chair for Signature Work Task Force 2016 - 2017
  • classroom observation for Modern Languages - 2015
  • Student Organization Advisor for Bentley Social Responsibility 2014 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Faculty Honor's Council 2012 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Policy Committee 2010 - 2013
  • University Senate for University Senate 2010 - 2011
  • Professional Service

  • External promotion reviewer for Pomona College 2021 - 2022