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K. Austin Kerr Prize Recipients

The K. Austin Kerr Prize is awarded for the best first paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference by a new scholar (doctoral student or those within three years of receiving their Ph.D.). It honors K. Austin Kerr, professor of history at the Ohio State University, 1965-2004, and president of the Business History Conference during 1992-1993. Author of many books and articles in business history, and a founder of H-Business, Professor Kerr has always encouraged excellence in scholarship and in professional and classroom presentations. Criteria for awarding the prize include scholarly excellence; innovation in subject, method, or findings; and effectiveness of presentation. The first Kerr Prizes were awarded at the 2003 annual meeting.

2014: Elizabeth Ann Semler , University of Minnesota

"Public Health or Industry Health? U.S. Government Responses to the 1970s Dietary Cholesterol–Heart Disease Controversy"

2013: Anne Fleming, Harvard Law School

"The 'very fibre of personal finance': Changing Beliefs about Regulation and the Small-Sum Lending Industry in New York, 1900-1940"

Honorable Mention:
Joshua Specht, Harvard University

"Hard Winters, International Capital, and the Rise and Fall of the Land and Cattle Company in the United States"

2012: Gabriel N. Rosenberg, Duke University

"The Programa Interamericano para la Juventud Rural and the Cultivation of Agribusiness and U.S. Hegemony in Cold-War Latin America"

Honorable Mentions:
Kate Epstein, Rutgers University-Camden

"Arms and the State: American Torpedoes, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex before World War I"

Judge Glock, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

"The Federal Housing Administration: Did It Really Favor the Suburbs?"

2011: Di Yin Lu, Harvard University

"Shanghai's Art Dealers and the International Market for Chinese Art, 1922-1949"

Honorable Mentions:
Kelly Arehart, College of William & Mary

" 'To Put a Mass of Putrefying Animal Matter into a Fine Plush Casket': The Development of Professional Knowledge among Morticians, 1880-1920"

Johan Mathew, Harvard University

"Controlling Currency and Smuggling Specie in the Arabian Sea, 1873-1966"

2010: Rob Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania

"Black Power in the Dollhouse: Shindana Toys and the Business of Social Change"

2009: Alexander Engel, University of Göttingen

"Coloring Markets: The Industrial Transformation of the Dyestuff Business Revisited"

2008: Paula Gajewski, Vanderbilt University

"Expanding Connections between the New York Stock Exchange and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act"

2007: Eric Hintz, University of Pennsylvania

"Independent Inventors in an Era of Burgeoning Research & Development"

2006: Michelle Craig McDonald, Harvard Business School

"The Drink of Diplomats: Government Intervention in the U.S. Coffee Re-Export Trade, 1790-1805"

2005: Sharon Ann Murphy, University of Virginia

"Protecting Middle-Class Families: Life Insurance in Antebellum America"

2004: Hyungsub Choi, Johns Hopkins University

"Between Research and Production: Making Transistors at RCA, 1948-1960"

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, San Jose State University

"The Ties That Buy: Shopping Networks of the Atlantic World"

2003: Elysa Engelman, Boston University

"Dear Mrs. Pinkham: Expanding Intimate Advice Networks into a National Community of Consumers, 1890 to 1935"

Marlis Schweitzer, University of Toronto

"Uplifting Makeup: Actresses' Testimonials and the Cosmetics Industry, 1910-1918"