Born in Indiana and raised in San Francisco, Seth Rockman received a BA from Columbia University and completed his PhD at UC-Davis. After several years on the faculty of Occidental College in Los Angeles, Rockman joined the Brown History Department in 2004. His 2009 book Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore won the OAH's Merle Curti Prize, the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and the H.L. Mitchell Prize from the Southern Historical Association. Rockman and Sven Beckert co-edited Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (Penn Press, 2016). Rockman spent the 2016-17 year at re:work, a research institute on global labor history at the Humboldt University in Berlin.