Doctoral Colloquium 2017: Denver, Colorado

Colloquium Participants
Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium
Edward Balleisen

Jennifer Delton

Professor of History at Skidmore College

Mary O'Sullivan

Professor of Economic History and director of the Department of Economic History at the University of Geneva

Andrew Popp

Professor of Business at University of Liverpool Management School and Editor, Enterprise and Society

    I am Professor of History in the Department of Management, Politics, Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. As an historian I focus on the relationship between business and society. Currently I am interested in the relationships between business, emotions, and the everyday. Often, but not always, I explore those relationships in the contexts of family business and entrepreneurship.

Gail Triner

Professor of History, Rutgers University

Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium Paper
Rachel A. Bunker

Rutgers University

’An Invisible Empire’: The Making of the Consumer Credit Score and Global Corporate Power, 1890-1989

Alexi Garrett

University of Virginia

    Alexi Garrett's dissertation analyzes how feme sole businesswomen managed their slave-manned enterprises in the early national South. She is a historian of women, gender, slavery, and business in the early national South. 

    Ph.D., Early American History, University of Virginia (expected 2020)
    M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2016
    B.A., St. Olaf College, 2012

    Advisor: Dr. Alan Taylor 

The Female Roots of America's Economic Power: Feme Sole Entrepreneurs of the Early Republic, 1774-1828

Amanda Gibson

College of William and Mary

African American Credit Use in the Early National Period

Ryan Issa Haddad

University of Maryland

    Ryan Haddad is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland specializing in business and diplomatic history and a doctoral fellow at UMD Smith School of Business' Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. His research interests center on the intersection of international trade and security, particularly in the American context during the Cold War. His dissertation, "America's Commercial Cold War," is a study of how the United States used trade restrictions and promotion to counter the threat of communism after World War II. 

America's Commercial Cold War: Trade and Security in the Western Alliance

Sven Kube

Florida International University

    Sven Kube is a historian of business, technology, and popular culture. After a brief first career as a music journalist he ventured into academia to study the political, social, and economic effects of popular music, film, and literature. Trained in German, Canadian, and American institutions, a distinctly transatlantic outlook shapes Sven’s historical research. His Master’s thesis applied an empirical approach to measuring the success of Canada’s nationalist content quotas for radio broadcasting at home and abroad.

’The Devil's Music’: Selling Anglo-American Pop Music in Cold War Communist Germany

Scott C. Miller

University of Virginia

A Merchant's Republic: Independence, Depression, and the Development of American Capitalism, 1760-1807

Jermaine Thibodeaux

University of Texas, Austin

The House that Cane Built: Sugar, Race, and the Gendered Foundations of the Texas Prison System 1843-1920

Saša Vejzagić

European University Institute

    Saša Vejzagić is a PhD student since 2015 at the European University Institute in Florence working on the topic: "The Rise of a Socialist Business Class: The Role of Economic and Managerial Elite in Socialist Yugoslavia, 1963-1991". He is interested in economic, business, political, labor and social history of the 20th century with a focus on Yugoslav socialism.

The Rise of a Socialist Business Class: The Role of Economic Managerial Elite in Socialist Yugoslavia, 1963-1991

Heather R. Wilpone-Welborn

University of Illinois, Chicago

A Taxing Victory: Considering the Fiscality of Race and Class During the American Civil War

Zhaojin Zeng

University of Texas, Austin

    Zhaojin Zeng is Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh. As a historian of modern China and East Asia, Zeng's research and teaching focus on transnational economic, business, and industrial history, digital humanities, and quantitative analysis.

Nourishing Shanxi: State, Industrial Entrepreneurship, and the Making of Chinese State Capitalism, 1898-2004

Student Liaison
Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium
Elizabeth Semler

University of Minnesota

    Elizabeth Semler is a fifth-year graduate student in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is broadly interested in the intersections of public health, food (and food industries), and advertising in the twentieth century. Her project compares U.S. and Finnish government, medical community, and dairy industry responses to the diet–heart disease controversy from 1970 to 2000.