Doctoral Colloquium 2020: Charlotte, NC


The 2020 BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History has been postponed due to Covid-19.



Colloquium Participants
Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium Paper
Samuel Backer

Johns Hopkins University

Entertaining America: The Political Economy of Popular Culture, 1870-1920

Noah Bender

University of California, Berkeley

    Noah Bender is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation examines the role of German and British shipping companies in orchestrating world migrations across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some of the broad themes addressed by the project include the relationship between private enterprise and the state, the consolidation of worldwide commodity and wage markets, and the accommodation of landholding elites to economic globalization. 

European Shipping Companies and the World Migration Industry, 1870-1960

John D'Amico

Yale University

    I am a PhD student at Yale University working on the social and economic history of Tokugawa Japan. I focus on the role of merchant capital in Japanese society in the 18th and 19th centuries. In my dissertation project, I look at how large merchant operations worked, their role in binding together markets across the Japanese archipelago, and the impact of their money on social and power relations in local and regional society.

What was a merchant house in Tokugawa Japan? The case of the Nakai Genzaemon

Clint Hough

Florida International University

    I am a PhD Candidate in history with Ken Lipartito as my advisor. My research focuses on the Atlantic economy and capitalism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. My dissertation examines a Scottish trading firm that conducted the Florida ‘Indian Trade’ on behalf of the Spanish government. The firm’s monopoly relied on African slave labor to maintain its exclusive control of a network of Native American contacts. This topic developed from previous research in the Spanish Archives in Seville, Madrid, and Simancas.

A Propensity to Truck, Barter, and Exchange: Florida Indian Traders

James McElroy

University of Minnesota

    As a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at the University of Minnesota, I aim to contribute to historical understandings of urban and suburban racial segregation, food access, and American capitalism in the 20th century. My dissertation examines how the U.S. supermarket business reflected and contributed to the racialized unfavourability of neighborhoods of color from the 1960s through the 80s notwithstanding the history resident activism and entrepreneurship around supermarkets in predominantly Black, urban neighborhoods.

Racial Segmentation and Market Segregation: The Late-Twentieth Century History of the American City Supermarket, 1960-1990

Joshua Morrison

University of Virginia

    I am currently a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History. My research focuses on the diffuse effects of the United States’ early encounters with the Arab world. My dissertation traces the evolution of trade between Massachusetts and the western Indian Ocean during the nineteenth century. I completed my M.A. in history at UVA in 2018 and received my undergraduate degree in history and Arabic studies from Williams College in 2016.

Nineteenth-century American Commerce in the Indian Ocean

Ellen Nye

Yale University

    Ellen Nye is a PhD Candidate working on Ottoman and British economic history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her dissertation looks at Levant Company merchants as vehicles for changing ideas about money as they navigated between two empires, each of which was attempting to balance the interests of creditors and debtors through their monetary policies. She received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in history and Middle Eastern studies from Dartmouth College and continued her studies at the University of Cambridge, earning an M.Phil. with distinction in social and econ

Misty Kay Peñuelas

University of Oklahoma

    Ms. Peñuelas received the Bachelors degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and the Masters in Medieval History from the University of Oklahoma in 2002. She entered the Ph.D. program in American Indian History at the University of Oklahoma in 2015. Currently, her dissertation project is an analysis of nineteenth-century Cherokee fiscal and monetary policy and the influence those policies may have had on twentieth century US monetary policy.

To Draw a Warrant for the Same: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Fiscal-Monetary State in the Long Nineteenth Century

Melanie Sheehan

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    I am a PhD candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, and my research interests include organized labor, international business, and political economy. My dissertation examines how labor leaders interacted across national boundaries to negotiate, formulate, and advocate for international economic policy objectives during the latter half of the twentieth century. In so doing, it highlights organized labor’s active role in shaping and challenging global economic change.

International Labor Federations and the Politics of Global Economic Transformation, 1944-1995

Kwelina Thompson

Cornell University

Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium
Edward Balleisen

Duke University

Gustavo Del Angel

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Christina Lubinski

Copenhagen Business School and University of Southern California

Susie J. Pak

St. John's University

Neil Rollings

University of Glasgow

Student Liaison
Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium
Jacqueline Brandon

Princeton University