Elizabeth Harmon is a doctoral candidate in the American Culture Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently finishing her dissertation, "The Dead Hand: Philanthropy and American Social Welfare Policy (1867-1917)." She uses scholarship on the history of the welfare state and the corporate form to shed new light on how we think about the history of American philanthropy. Before beginning her Ph.D., she worked at Kiva.org in its start-up phase. Her experiences in the social enterprise space continue to shape her research interests in the history of capitalism, the welfare state, and the nonprofit sector.