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The Doctoral Colloquium in Business History

The Doctoral Colloquium was established in 2005 with funding from the Newcomen Society of the United States. The Colloquium was supported by the Journals Division of Oxford University Press through 2014 and now continues with the support of Cambridge University Press, which publishes the BHC's journal Enterprise & Society. The Colloquium annually offers a small group of graduate students an opportunity to work intensively on their dissertations with distinguished Business History Conference-affiliated scholars, including at least two BHC officers. The Director of the Doctoral Colloquium is Pamela W. Laird of the University of Colorado Denver. The Colloquium is held each year in conjunction with the Business History Conference annual meeting. Participants, who are chosen through a competitive application process that is announced with the annual meeting call for papers, discuss dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and employment opportunities in business history.

Note: Affiliations are given here as of the time of participation in the Colloquium. For updates on Colloquium members, please see our alphabetical listing.

Colloquium Participants, 2005-Present

2014: Frankfurt, Germany

faculty:

Kenneth Lipartito, BHC Past President, Florida International University
Mary Yeager, BHC President-Elect, University of California, Los Angeles
Steven Tolliday, former BHC President, University of Leeds
Núria Puig, Complutense University Madrid

student liaison:

Michael Aldous, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Avoiding 'Negligency and Confusion'? Re-evaluating the Role of the Partnership in Nineteenth-Century British Trading Firms in India"

participants:

Victoria Barnes, University of Reading
"English Law and the Emergence of the Joint Stock Banking Company, 1826-1844"

Chambi Seithy Chachage, Harvard University
"Capitalizing Cities: The Emergence of Entrepreneurial Elites in African Commercial Capitals and the Growth of Black Business in the Global Economy"

Elizabeth Harmon, University of Michigan
Incorporating for Social Good: Philanthropic Foundations and the Origins of Social Enterprise (1860-1920)"

Fei He, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
"The Resumption of Trade Relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the People's Republic of China, 1949-1976"

Arun Kumar, Lancaster University
"Philanthropy in Post/Colonial India: Tatas' Giving for/to the Modern (Neoliberal) Nation"

Ishva Minefee, University of Illinois
"The Power to Resist? An Evolution of Corporate Responses to Anti-Apartheid Activism, 1948-1994"

Shawn Moura, University of Maryland
"Development Begins at Home: Women and the Domestic Economy in Brazil, 1945-1975"

Shaun S. Nichols, Harvard University
"Crisis Capital: The Making and Un-Making of Industrial Massachusetts, 1873-Present"

Jesse T. Tarbert, Case Western Reserve University
"When Good Government Meant Big Government: Elite Reformers and American State in the New Era, 1920-1933"

Sean H. Vanatta, Princeton University
"Constituting Credit Capitalism: The Political Economy of Bank Credit Cards in Postwar America"

2013: Columbus, Ohio

faculty:

Margaret Levenstein, BHC Past President, University of Michigan
Mansel Blackford, former BHC President, The Ohio State University
Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool Management School
Jennifer Delton, Skidmore College

student liaison:

Joseph Arena, The Ohio State University
"Closer to the Edge: New York City and the Triumph of Risk"

participants:

Michael Aldous, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Avoiding 'Negligency and Confusion'? Re-evaluating the Role of the Partnership in Nineteenth-Century British Trading Firms in India"

Malin Dahlström, University of Gothenburg
"The Limestone and Cement Industry in Sweden: A Study about Concentration, Rationalization and Cooperation in Two Industries, 1890-1975"

Elbra David, University of California, Irvine
"Legal Pluralism and Mercantile Authority in the Integration in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic"

Austin Dean, The Ohio State University
"A Coin for China? Making Money and Modernity in the Late Qing Dynasty, 1870-1912"

Ted Fertik, Yale University
"Industrialization as Globalization: Iron and Steel between Germany, Brazil, and the United States"

Ai Hisano, University of Delaware
"A History of Food Color in the United States, 1880s-1970s"

Sylvea Hollis, University of Iowa
" 'What are you worth?' Race and the Multiple Meanings of Risk in the Jim Crow Era, 1887-1945"

John Lapidus, University of Gothenburg
"Why Such a Permissive Attitude towards Monopolistic Associations? Social Democracy up to the First Swedish Law on Cartels in 1925"

Malcolm Purinton, Northeastern University
"Imperialism in a Bottle: How the Pilsner Lager Became the Imperial Beer"

Ellan Spero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Crafting a 'Technological Education': Academic-Industrial Laboratories and the 'Innovation Society' "

2012: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

faculty:

Richard R. John, BHC Past-President, Columbia University
Kenneth Lipartito, BHC President-Elect, Florida International University
Anna Spadavecchia, BHC Senior Member, Reading University
Margaret Graham, BHC Senior Member, McGill University

student liaison:

Nate Holdren, University of Minnesota
" 'The Compensation Law Put Us Out of Work': Workplace Injury Law, Commodification, and Discrimination in the Early Twentieth-Century United States"

participants:

Marcus Allen, Morgan State University
"Institutionalizing Black Capitalism: An Examination of the African-American Depositors at the Savings Bank of Baltimore, 1850-1900"

Carlo Edoardo Altamura, University of Geneva
"European Banks and the Rise of International Finance after Bretton Woods, 1973-1982"

Joseph Arena, Ohio State University
"Closer to the Edge: New York City and the Triumph of Risk"

Brent Cebul, University of Virginia
"Freedom From: The Rise of the Blue Collar-Business Republican Coalition and the Conservative Deregulatory State, 1968-1994"

Bart Elmore, University of Virginia
"Citizen Coke: An Environmental and Political History of the Coca-Cola Company"

Jonathan Franklin, Univerity of Maryland, College Park
"Economists' Domain: The Emergence of the Professional Economist, 1880-1939"

Natalie Marine-Street, Stanford University
"Ladies Agencies Reconsidered: Female Sales Agents and the Development of the American Consumer Economy"

George Zhijian Qiao, Stanford University
"The Making of a Mercantile Elite: Network, Entrepreneurship and Empire in Early Modern China"

Tara Saunders, Indiana University
"Trash and Treasure: Secondhand Trade and Consumption in the Twentieth-Century United States"

Chloe Taft, Yale University
"From Steel to Slots: Locating Postindustrial Community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania"

2011: St. Louis, Missouri

faculty:

Eric Godelier, Ecole Polytechnique
Pamela W. Laird, BHC Past-President, University of Colorado Denver
Margaret Levenstein, BHC President-Elect, University of Michigan
Chris McKenna, Said Business School, University of Oxford

student liaison:

Cory Davis, University of Illinois Chicago
"A Commercial Republic: The National Board of Trade and the Making of a National Political Economy in the Late Nineteenth-Century U.S."

participants:

Fahad Ahmad Bishara, Duke University
"A Sea of Debt: Law, Empire, and Commercial Society in the Western Indian Ocean, c. 1850-1940"

Elizabeth Brake, Duke University
"Uncle Sam on the Family Farm: Farming Families, Farm Policy, and the Business of Southern Agriculture, 1946-1980"

Rachel Burstein, CUNY Graduate Center
"Labor and the Public: How Organized Labor Represented Itself in Postwar America"

Paula de la Cruz-Fernández, Florida International University
"Singer in Spain and Mexico: The Culture and Business of Sewing in Historical Perspective, 1870-1950"

Nate Holdren, University of Minnesota
" 'The Compensation Law Put Us Out of Work': Workplace Injury Law, Disability, and Capitalism in the Progressive Era United States"

Corinna Ludwig, German Historical Institute
"Bridging the Atlantic Gap: German Business in the United States after the Second World War"

Ellen Mølgaard, Copenhagen Business School
"When Small and Medium Sized Companies Encounter Globalization"

Mark Stickle, Ohio State University
"The Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company: Eastern Capital and Mortgage Credit in Ohio, 1834-1845"

Philip Thai, Stanford University
"Smuggling, State-Building, and Political Economy in Coastal China, 1927-1949"

Natalya Vinokurova, New York University
"The 2008 Mortgage Crisis as a Failure of Analogical Reasoning"

2010: Athens, Georgia

faculty:

Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School
Richard John, BHC President-Elect, Columbia School of Journalism
Martha Olney, University of California Berkeley
Mark Rose, BHC Past-President, Florida Atlantic University

student liaison:

Laura D. Phillips, University of Virginia
"The American Fair Trade Controversy: Law and Economics in Transition, 1890-1940"

participants:

Kyle Asquith, University of Western Ontario
"'Aren't They Keen?' Early Children's Food Advertising and the Emergence of the Brand-Loyal Child Consumer"

Cory Davis, University of Illinois at Chicago
"A Commercial Republic: The National Board of Trade and the Making of a National Political Economy in the Late Nineteenth-Century U.S."

Kristin Hall, University of Waterloo
The Establishment of Maclean's Magazine and Notions of Masculine Canadian Nationalism

Caley Horan, University of Minnesota
"Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States"

Scott Huffard, University of Florida
"Perilous Connections: Railroads in the Post-Reconstruction South"

Andrew McGee, University of Virginia
"Mainframing America: Computers, Systems, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy and Society, 1940-1985"

Matthew D. Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania
"Joint-Stock Capitalism and the Atlantic Commercial Network: The Royal African Company, 1672-1752"

Caitlin Rosenthal, Harvard University
"From Slavery to Scientific Management: Accounting for Control in Antebellum America"

Carina Spaulding, University of Manchester
"Hair Affair: Media, Culture, and the Black Hair Care Industry"

2009: Milan, Italy

faculty:

Matthias Kipping, Schulich School of Business, Toronto
Pamela W. Laird, BHC Past-President, University of Colorado Denver
Mary O'Sullivan, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Steven Tolliday, BHC President-Elect, University of Leeds

student liaison:

Jenna Alden, Columbia University
"'Behind the Executive Mask': T-groups and the Rise of Corporate Sensitivity Training, 1947-73"

participants:

Francesca Ammon, Yale University
"Waging War on the Landscape: Demolition and Clearance in Postwar America"

Knut-Erland Berglund, Uppsala University
"The Long-Term Development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Swedish Big Business"

Christy Chapin, University of Virginia
"Ensuring America's Health: Publicly Constructing the Private Health Insurance Industry, 1945-1970"

Ari de Wilde, Ohio State University
" 'The Dizzy Race to Nowhere':The Business of Professional Cycling in North America, 1891-1940"

Georgina Gajewski, University of North Carolina
"'No Likeness—No Pay': The Market for Art and Artists in Early North Carolina Art and Economy in the American South, 1789-1860"

Shennette Garrett, University of Texas-Austin
"Daughters of Ruth: Enterprising Black Women in Insurance in the New South, 1890s to 1930s"

Emily L. Martz, University of Delaware
"The Rise of America's Mutual Fund Industry, 1945-1990"

Drew J. Meyers, University of Michigan
"Sun Citizens: The Political Culture of Retirement in America, 1952-1994"

Laura D. Phillips, University of Virginia
"The American Fair Trade Controversy: Law and Economics in Transition, 1890-1940"

Lee Vinsel, Carnegie Mellon University
"Federal Regulatory Management of the Automobile Industry in the United States, 1966-1988"

2008: Sacramento, California

faculty:

W. Bernard Carlson, Newcomen Society and University of Virginia
William J. Hausman, BHC Past-President, William and Mary University
Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
Francesca Polese, Bocconi University
Mark Rose, BHC President-Elect, Florida Atlantic University

student liaison:

Eric S. Hintz, University of Pennsylvania
"The Post-Heroic Generation: American Independent Inventors, 1900-1950"

participants:

Jenna Alden, Columbia University
"'Behind the Executive Mask': T-groups and the Rise of Corporate Sensitivity Training, 1947-73"

Andrew D. A. Bozanic, University of Delaware
"The Acoustic Guitar in American Culture, 1880-1980"

Elizabeth Cafer du Plessis, University of Indiana
"Meatless Days and Sleepless Nights: Food, Agriculture, and Environment in World War I America"

Xavier Duran, London School of Economics
"Was the First Transcontinental Railroad Expected To Be Profitable? Evidence from Entrepreneur Declarations, an Empirical Entry Decision Model and Ex-Post Information"

Lindsey Feitz, University of Kansas
"Democratizing Beauty: Avon Cosmetics and the Transnational Marketing of Femininity, 1954-2008"

Joshua Salzmann, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Safe Harbor: Chicago's Waterfront and the Political Economy of the Built Environment, 1847-1918"

Corinna Schlombs, University of Pennsylvania
"International History of Computing: Trans-Atlantic Transfer of Technology and Culture in the Cold War Era"

Natascha van der Zwan, New School for Social Research
"Contentious Capital: The Politics of Pension Investment in the United States and Germany, 1974-2003"

Damon Yarnell, University of Pennsylvania
"Making the Motor City: Ford, Detroit, and the Politics of Mass Production, 1908-1929"

2007: Cleveland, Ohio

faculty:

Franco Amatori, Bocconi University
W. Bernard Carlson, Newcomen Society and University of Virginia
Pamela W. Laird, BHC President-Elect, University of Colorado Denver
Richard Sylla, Stern School of Business, New York University
JoAnne Yates, BHC Past-President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

student liaison:

Terri Lonier, New York University
"Alchemy in Eden: Entrepreneurialism, Branding, and Food Marketing in the United States, 1880-1920"

participants:

Paula Gajewski, Vanderbilt University
"Financial Regulation, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Transformation of Retirement in America"

Eric Hintz, University of Pennsylvania
"The Post-Heroic Generation: American Independent Inventors, 1900-1950"

Stephanie Holyfield, University of Delaware
"Friendly Interest: The Corporate Culture and Development of Welfare Work at Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company, 1885-1965"

Christopher Jones, University of Pennsylvania
"Energy Landscapes: Coal Canals, Oil Pipelines, Electricity Transmission Wires in the Mid-Atlantic, 1820-1930"

Josh MacFadyen, University of Guelph
"Fashioning Flax: Industry, Region, and Work in North American Fibre and Linseed Oil, 1850-1930"

Noam Maggor, Harvard University
"Politics of Property: Urban Democracy in the Age of Capital, Boston, 1965-1900"

Kevin Tennent, London School of Economics
"Owned, Monitored, but Not Always Controlled: Understanding the Success and Failure of Scottish Free-Standing Companies, 1862-1910"

Maki Umemura, London School of Economics
"Unrealised Potential: Japan's Post-War Pharmaceutical Industry, 1945-2005"

Benjamin Waterhouse, Harvard University
"A Lobby for Capital: Organized Business and the Pursuit of Pro-Market Politics, 1967-1986"

Michael Weisel, Duke University
"Charles Schwab and the Steel Navy: The Political Economy of Big Steel and the U. S. Navy 1885-1915"

2006: Toronto, Ontario

faculty:

W. Bernard Carlson, Newcomen Society and University of Virginia
William J. Hausman, BHC President-Elect, William and Mary University
Mary O'Sullivan, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
David Sicilia, University of Maryland, College Park
JoAnne Yates, BHC Past-President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

participants:

Terri Lonier, New York University
"Alchemy in Eden: Entrepreneurialism, Branding, and Food Marketing in the United States, 1880-1920"

Yumiko Morii, Florida International University
"A Comparative Analysis of Corporate Finance in the United States and Japan from 1880 to 1930"

Brian Murphy, University of Virginia
"Empire State Building: The Formation of States and Parties in New York, 1783-1850"

Sasha Nichols-Geerdes, University of California, Los Angeles
"Ancient Systems of Trade: Organizing Commerce in the Colonial North"

Adina Popescu, Columbia University
"The Grain Trade during World War I: Wartime Regulation and the Concentration of Agricultural Capital"

J. Andrew Ross, University of Western Ontario
"Hockey Capital: Commerce, Culture and the National Hockey League, 1917-1967"

Andrew Russell, Johns Hopkins University
"Industrial Legislatures: Consensus Standardization in the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions"

Susan Spellman, Carnegie Mellon University
"Cornering the Market: Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business, 1860-1940"

John Tang, University of California, Berkeley
"The Yellow Non-Pareil: Industrialization and the Making of Modern Japan"

Dominique Tobbell, University of Pennsylvania
"Pharmaceutical Networks: The Political Economy of Drug Development in the United States, 1945-1980"

2005: Minneapolis, Minnesota

faculty:

W. Bernard Carlson, Newcomen Society and University of Virginia
Patrick Fridenson, BHC Past-President, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Margaret Levenstein, University of Michigan
Philip Scranton, BHC Past-President, Rutgers University
JoAnne Yates, BHC President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

participants:

Jennifer Armiger, University of Delaware
"The Women of Western Electric: Reconsidering Gender Discrimination, Civil Rights, and the Meaning of Equity in Post-1960s America"

Joshua Barkan, University of Minnesota
"A Genealogy of the Corporation: Articulating Sovereign Power and Capitalism"

Nikki Berg, University of Minnesota
"A Regency of Women: Female Plantation Management in the Old South"

Hyungsub Choi, Johns Hopkins University
"Manufacturing Knowledge in Transit: Technical Practices, Organizational Change and the Rise of the Semi-conductor Industry in the U.S. and Japan"

Stephen Crandall, Case Western Reserve University
The History of Telemarketing in The United States

Magnus Sveinn Helgason, University of Minnesota
"Forging a Scandinavian Consumer Society: The Consumer Cooperatives and Consumerism in Sweden, 1919-1939"

Daniel Holt, University of Virginia
"Acceptable Risk: Law, Regulation, and the Politics of American Financial Markets, 1878-1930"

Chris McGahey, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Harnessing Nature's Timekeeper: A History of the Piezoelectric Quartz Crystal Technological Community (1880-1959)"

Benjamin Schwantes, University of Delaware
"Fallible Guardian: The Social Construction of Railroad Telegraphy in 19th-Century America"

Cheng Hua Tzeng, McGill University
"Growing Entrepreneurial Firms in Developing Countries: The Interplay of the State, the Market and the Social Sector"