Publications

The WHC is involved with several different publishing initiatives including academic journals, archives, and student research projects.  

Journal of World-Systems Research

The Journal of World-Systems Research (JWSR) is the official journal of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association. JWSR is an open-access, peer reviewed journal with an interdisciplinary audience of readers from around the world. In 2018, the WHC based Journal of World Historical Information (JWHI), which published articles and reviews of datasets between 2013 and 2017 , merged with the larger and more established JWSR.  Former Center Director Patrick Manning and current WHC Director Ruth Mostern both sit on the editorial board of the JWSR.  David Ruvolo serves as the journal's Managing Editor.  Since the merger, JWSR now includes a World Historical Information section that continues to publish articles that focus on quantitative historical data and reviews of datasets.   

World-Historical Dataverse

The World-Historical Dataverse is the public archive of the CHIA project. Datasets available here were submitted by contributors, retrieved by CHIA staff, or created by linkage of existing datasets. They have been documented systematically according to the CHIA Level 1 standard of documentation. The datasets are curated and preserved permanently according to the practices of Harvard Dataverse.

Mellon History of Science Publishing Initiative

Global Scientific Practice in an Age of Revolutions, 1750-1850 was the first work produced through a publishing initiative between the World History Center, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Pitt University Press.  The inititiative is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Published in 2016 and edited by Patrick Manning and Daniel Rood, the volume is meant to initiate a set of studies on the world history of science.  The scholars included in this work address global parallels and interconnections in the history of science, centering on a period of dramatic worldwide transformations in economy, politics, society, and culture. 

The second volume, Global Transformations in the Life Sciences, 1945–1980  was just recently published.  Combining perspectives from the history of science and world history, this volume examines the impact of major world-historical processes of the postwar period on the evolution of the life sciences. Contributors consider the long-term evolution of scientific practice, research, and innovation across a range of fields and subfields in the life sciences, and in the context of Cold War anxieties and ambitions. Together, they examine how the formation of international organizations and global research programs allowed for transnational exchange and cooperation, but in a period rife with competition and nationalist interests, which influenced dramatic changes in the field as the postcolonial world order unfolded.