Center for the Study of American Democracy and Department of History, Kenyon College
Labor History, multinationals, International Trade, Business Political Activism, Political Economy, Trade Associations
Women in Business History
Melanie Sheehan is a historian of business, labor and political economy with a focus on the twentieth century United States. Her current book project examines how U.S. labor union leaders understood and attempted to influence policies promoting international trade and investment liberalization after World War II. The project traces how and why union leaders who had advocated for liberalization in the late 1940s and 1950s became disillusioned with the process of globalization by the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to joining the faculty at Kenyon College, she held the Harvard-Newcomen Fellowship at Harvard Business School.