Written with my colleague Beatrice D'Ippolito, "From Monsanto to ‘Monsatan’: Ownership and control of history as a strategic resource" explores challenges organizations face when attempting to translate a problematic past into strategic gain.
The Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal has released a special issue on historical approaches to entrepreneurship, which includes an article by myself and Andrew Godley as well as several excellent articles by world-leading business historians (Dan Wadhwani, Stephanie Decker, and Matthew Hollow, among others).
Early views are available of my latest article in Enterprise & Society, “Crop Insurance and the New Deal Roots of Agricultural Financialization.” Federal crop insurance, initially developed as a social insurance program during the late New Deal, was beset by pervasive problems of adverse selection and moral hazard. As managers and policy makers responded to those problems from the 1940s on, they reshaped federal crop insurance in ways that increasingly made the scheme a lever of financialization, a means of disciplining individual farmers to think of farming in abstract terms of risk management. Crop insurance became intertwined with important changes in the economic context of agriculture by the 1960s, including the emergence of the “technological treadmill,” permanently embedding financialized risk management into the political economy of American agriculture.
I recently published an article for the 100th Centennial of the Agricultural History Society reviewing opportunities and challenges for integrating theory and theoretical perspectives into agricultural history research. Read the whole article in Agricultural History on JSTOR.
Stephen Dubner's Freakonomics team has done a fabulous job with this podcast based on my research for Supermarket USA. Audra Wolfe (@ColdWarScience), Anne Effland (of the USDA), and Peter Timmer (emeritus Harvard) brought brilliant insights to the show. And Matt Hickey and his production team did a great job mixing vintage audio with contemporary scholarship.
Read reviews in Journal of American History; Business History Review; Business History; Food, Culture, & Society; H-SOZ-KULT; Agriculture and Human Values, and more...
My latest book, Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race (Yale University Press), is available to order on Amazon. Read an early review in Publisher's Weekly.
Myt article, "Agribusiness, the Family Farm, and the Politics of Technological Determinism in the Post-World War II United States," was published in Technology and Culture.
My award-winning book, Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy, has recently been published in a paperback edition by Princeton University Press.
Sarah Phillips of Boston University and I are very pleased to announce the publication of our long-awaited The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics: A Brief History with Documents, available from your local bookstore.