Sean H. Vanatta
Sean studies the development of American capitalism, with a particular interest in financial intermediation and regulatory policy. His dissertation, "Constituting Credit Capitalism: The Political Economy of Bank Credit Cards in Postwar America," explores the development and growth of the bank credit card industry in the United States. It shows, first, how banks partnered with the state to build the legal and regulatory foundations necessary for the credit-card market to function. Then, it demonstrates how banks used mobile credit cards to undermine the nation's geographically structured bank-regulatory regime. Along the way, it tracks broadly the social, cultural, and economic implications of Americans' embrace of unsecured consumer credit within the increasingly unsettled twentieth-century political economy.