K. Austin Kerr Prize Winners
The K. Austin Kerr Prize is awarded for the best first paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Business History
Conference by a new scholar (doctoral student or those within three years of receiving their Ph.D.). It honors K. Austin
Kerr, professor of history at the Ohio State University since 1965 and president of the Business History Conference during
1992-1993. Author of many books and articles in business history, and a founder of H-Business, Professor Kerr has always
encouraged excellence in scholarship and in professional and classroom presentations. Criteria for awarding the prize
include scholarly excellence; innovation in subject, method, or findings; and effectiveness of presentation. The first Kerr Prizes were
awarded at the 2003 annual meeting.
Elysa Engelman, Boston University
"Dear Mrs. Pinkham: Expanding Intimate Advice Networks into a National Community of Consumers, 1890 to 1935"
Marlis Schweitzer, University of Toronto
"Uplifting Makeup: Actresses' Testimonials and the Cosmetics Industry, 1910-1918"
Hyungsub Choi, Johns Hopkins University
"Between Research and Production: Making Transistors at RCA, 1948-1960"
Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, San Jose State University
"The Ties That Buy: Shopping Networks of the Atlantic World"
Sharon Ann Murphy, University of Virginia
"Protecting Middle-Class Families: Life Insurance in Antebellum America"
Michelle Craig McDonald, Harvard Business School
"The Drink of Diplomats: Government Intervention in the U.S. Coffee Re-Export Trade, 1790-1805"
Eric Hintz, University of Pennsylvania
"Independent Inventors in an Era of Burgeoning Research & Development"
Paula Gajewski, Vanderbilt University
"Expanding Connections between the New York Stock Exchange and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act"
Alexander Engel, University of Göttingen
"Coloring Markets: The Industrial Transformation of the Dyestuff Business Revisited"
Rob Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania
"Black Power in the Dollhouse: Shindana Toys and the Business of Social Change"
Di Yin Lu, Harvard University
"Shanghai's Art Dealers and the International Market for Chinese Art, 1922-1949"
Kelly Arehart, College of William & Mary
" 'To Put a Mass of Putrefying Animal Matter into a Fine Plush Casket': The Development of Professional Knowledge among Morticians, 1880-1920"
Johan Mathew, Harvard University
"Controlling Currency and Smuggling Specie in the Arabian Sea, 1873-1966"
Gabriel N. Rosenberg, Duke University
"The Programa Interamericano para la Juventud Rural and the Cultivation of Agribusiness and U.S. Hegemony in Cold-War Latin America"
Kate Epstein, Rutgers University-Camden
"Arms and the State: American Torpedoes, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex before World War I"
Judge Glock, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
"The Federal Housing Administration: Did It Really Favor the Suburbs?"
Anne Fleming, Harvard Law School
"The 'very fibre of personal finance': Changing Beliefs about Regulation and the Small-Sum Lending Industry in New York, 1900-1940"
Joshua Specht, Harvard University
"Hard Winters, International Capital, and the Rise and Fall of the Land and Cattle Company in the United States"
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