Department of History

Business History Conference Holds Annual Meeting in Providence

The Business History Conference held its annual meeting in downtown Providence on March 14th–16th. 

The event brought together several hundred scholars working on all facets of commerce, industry, management, advertising, finance, entrepreneurship, and labor. Topics would have been familiar to students in the Department of History at Brown, with sessions exploring environmental sustainability, the gendering of management practices, the relationship of race and markets, and the broader history of capitalism. Numerous members from the history department presented their research,  including current Ph.D. candidates Lillian Tsay, Ji Soo Hong, Ebru Erginbas, and Anil Askin. Faculty members Bathsheba Demuth, Karin Wulf, Benjamin Hein, Seth Rockman, Lukas Rieppel, Naoko Shibusawa, and Hal Cook also delivered papers, chaired sessions, and offered commentary. Several recent Ph.D. alums including Ann Daly, Ph.D. ’21 and Lindsay Schakenbach Regele, Ph.D. ’15 were pleased at the opportunity to visit Providence after several years away. Alicia Maggard, Ph.D. ’19 was named the recipient of the 2024 Mira Wilkins Prize for the best article published during the previous year in the BHC’s journal, Enterprise & Society.