Teal studies economic and social history in the United States from the Civil War era to the present. He is particularly interested in the political economy of rural spaces, and his current research examines capitalist transformations in the American hinterland in the mid-twentieth century.
Teal has a Master’s degree in history from Princeton University, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. He also received an AB summa cum laude in history from Cornell University. Between undergraduate and graduate study, he worked in public policy in New York City.