Jacob Soll

Expert on the history of financial crises, the history of libraries, and the death of the book

Professor of History and Accounting, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • the history of libraries
  • digitization
  • the death of the book
  • information technology
  • the history of financial and housing crises and accounting
  • political accountability
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
  • theories of democracy

Additional Information

  • MacArthur Fellow, 2012
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2009-2010
  • Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2005-2006
  • Author: The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s Secret State Intelligence System (2011, University of Michigan Press); Publishing The Prince: History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism 1513-1789 (2009, University of Michigan Press)


  • 60-Second Seminars: Jacob Soll on Financial Accountability

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