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Krooss Dissertation Prize Recipients

The Herman E. Krooss Prize was originally awarded in alternate years for the the best dissertation presented at the current and previous meetings of the BHC. In 1989, the Trustees voted to make the prize an annual award. It consists of a plaque and $500. From 1992 through 1999, the Krooss Prize-winning presentations were published in Business and Economic History; the full texts from 1992 to 1999 are available in the BEH Archives and are linked from the author's name in those years. Those published in Enterprise & Society are online and available via personal or institutional subscription.

[The titles given here are as they were listed for the BHC's Krooss Dissertation Session at the annual meeting; they may not replicate the thesis title exactly.]

2014: Heidi Tworek

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2012; advisor: Charles Maier
"Magic Connections: German News Agencies and Global News Networks, 1905-1945"

2013: Caitlin Rosenthal

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2012; advisors: Sven Beckert and Claudia Goldin
"From Memory to Mastery: Accounting for Control in America, 1740-1880"

2012: Alexia Yates

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2010; advisor: Leora Auslander
"Selling Paris: Real Estate and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-Siècle Capital

2011: Dan Bouk

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009; advisor: Daniel T. Rodgers
"The Science of Difference: Developing Tools for Discrimination in the American Life Insurance Industry, 1830-1930"

2010: Josh Lauer

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008; advisor: Carolyn Marvin
"The Good Consumer: Credit Reporting and the Invention of Financial Identity in the United States, 1840-1940"

2009: Michael Easterly

Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008; advisor: Naomi Lamoreaux
"Your Job is Your Credit: Creating a Market for Loans to Salaried Employees in New York City, 1885-1920"

2008: Louis Hyman

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2007; advisor: Lizabeth Cohen
"Debtor Nation: How Consumer Credit Built Postwar America"

2007: Bethany Moreton

Ph.D., Yale University, 2006; advisor: Glenda Gilmore
"The Soul of the Service Economy: Wal-Mart and the Making of Christian Free Enterprise, 1929-1994"

2006: Shane Hamilton

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005; advisor: Deborah K. Fitzgerald
"Trucking Country: Food Politics and the Transformation of Rural Life in Postwar America"

2005: Dalit Baranoff

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2004; advisor: Louis Galambos
"Shaped by Risk: The American Fire Insurance Industry, 1790-1920"

Anna Spadevecchia

Ph.D., London School of Economics, 2003; advisor: Max-Stephan Schulze
"State Subsidies and the Sources of Company Finance in Italian Industrial Districts, 1951-1991"

2004: Tiffany Gill

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2003; advisor: Deborah Gray White
"Civic Beauty: Beauty Culturists and the Politics of African American Female Entrepreneurship, 1900-1965"

2003: Gerben Bakker

Ph.D., European University Institute, 2001; advisor: Jaime Reis
"Entertainment Industrialized: The Emergence of the International Film Industry, 1890-1940"

2002: Jeffrey Hornstein

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2001
"A Nation of Realtors: The Professionalization of Real Estate Brokerage and the Construction of a New Middle Class"

2001: Christopher McKenna

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; advisor: Louis Galambos
"The World's Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century"

2000: Marina Moskowitz

Ph.D., Yale University, 1999; advisor: Jean-Christophe Agnew
"Standard Bearers: Material Culture and Middle-Class Communities at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

1999: Lisa A. Marovich

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998; advisor: Mary Yeager
"Fueling the Fires of Genius: Women's Inventive Activities in American War Eras"

1998: Ross Bassett

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1998; advisor: Michael S. Mahoney
"New Technology, New People, New Organizations: The Rise of the MOS Transistor, 1945-1975"

1997: Kolleen Guy

Ph.D., Indiana University, 1996; advisor: William Cohen
"Wine, Work, and Wealth: Class Relations and Modernization in the Champagne Wine Industry, 1870-1914"

1996: Regina Lee Blaszczyk

Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1995; advisors: David A. Hounshell and Anne M. Boylan
"Imagining Consumers: Manufacturers and Markets in Ceramics and Glass, 1865-1965"

1995: Jonathan Bean

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1994; advisors: Mansel Blackford, K. Austin Kerr, and William Childs
"Beyond the Broker State: A History of the Federal Government's Policies toward Small Business, 1936-61"

1994: Rosalind Remer

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991; advisor: Joyce Appleby
"Building an American Book Trade: Philadelphia Publishing in the New Republic"

1993: Victoria Saker Woeste

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1990; advisors: Harry N. Scheiber and Morton Rothstein
"Cooperatives and Corporations: The Sun-Maid Antitrust Case and the Legal Status of Agricultural Cooperatives, 1890-1943"

1992: Margaret Levenstein

Ph.D., Yale University, 1991; Dissertation Advisor: William N. Parker and David F. Weiman
"Information Systems and Internal Organization: A Study of the Dow Chemical Company, 1890-1914"

1991: David Sicilia

Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1991; advisors: Morton Keller and Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
"Selling Power: Marketing and Monopoly at Boston Edison, 1886-1926"

1990: Richard R. John

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1989; advisors: Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., and David Herbert Donald
"Spreading the Word: The Postal System and the Creation of American Society"

1989: Helen Shapiro

Ph.D., Yale University, 1988; advisors: William N. Parker and Albert Fishlow
"State Intervention and Industrialization: The Origins of the Brazilian Automotive Industry"

1987-1988: Sally Clarke

Ph.D., Brown University, 1987; advisor: Naomi Lamoreaux
"Farmers as Entrepreneurs: Regulation and Innovation in American Agriculture in the Twentieth Century"

1985-1986: Paul J. Miranti, Jr.

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1985; advisor: Louis Galambos
"From Conflict to Consensus: The American Institute of Accountants and the Professionalization of Public Accountancy, 1886-1940"