Current Research Interests
I am conducting new research that explores the development of the so-called military-industrial complex in the USA, from the 1950s into the early 21st century.
I am also interested in working to archive the historical records of business firms with connections to the Charlotte, NC, region. If you have knowledge of such records or have any interest in this project, please contact me by e-mail.
Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). This book is now available for purchase, from the publisher, and from Amazon, and other internet retailers. This book was named winner of the Hagley Prize for best book in business history. It was also co-winner of the Ralph Gomory Prize, which honors historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate.
The Business of Civil War: Military Mobilization and the State, 1861-1865 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006; paperback 2010). This book is still in print, available for purchase from the publisher, and from Amazon.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Presidents, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Ascendant Politics of ‘Free Enterprise’,” in The President and American Capitalism since 1945, ed. Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018), 62-80.
“The Military-Industrial Complex,” in At War:The Military and American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, ed. David Kieran and Edwin A. Martini (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018), 67-86.
“Wartime Military Mobilization, Business, and Technology,” in The Routledge History of Nineteenth-Century America, ed. Jonathan Daniel Wells (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), 191-201.
“Farewell to Progressivism: The Second World War and the Privatization of the ‘Military-Industrial Complex’,” in Capital Gains: Business and Politics in Twentieth Century America, ed. Richard R. John and Kim Phillips-Fein (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), 80-94, 256-61.
“North American Capitalism,” in The Routledge Companion to Business History, ed. John F. Wilson, Steven Toms, Abe de Jong, and Emily Buchnea (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 202-19.
“Economic Mobilization,” in A Companion to Woodrow Wilson, ed. Ross Kennedy (New York: John Wiley’s Sons, 2013), 289-307.
“The Advantages of Obscurity: World War II Tax Carry-Back Provisions and the Normalization of Corporate Welfare,” in What’s Good for Business: Business and Politics since World War II, ed. Julian Zelizer and Kim Phillips-Fein (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 16-44.
“Making ‘Goop’ Out of Lemons: The Permanente Metals Corporation, Magnesium Incendiary Bombs, and the Struggle for Profits during World War II,” Enterprise & Society 12 (March 2011): 10-45.
“‘Taking a Nickel Out of the Cash Register’: Statutory Renegotiation of Military Contracts and the Politics of Profit Control in the USA during World War II,” Law and History Review 18 (May 2010): 343-383.
“Spinning Mars: Democracy in Britain and the United States and the Economic Lessons of War” in In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy, ed. Ronald Krebs and Elizabeth Kier (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 162-184.
“Law and the American State, From the Revolution to the Civil War: Institutional Growth and Structural Change,” in The Cambridge History of Law in America, Volume II: The Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1920), ed. Michael Grossberg and Christopher Tomlins (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 1-35, 697-705.
“The Politics of Procurement: Military Origins of Bureaucratic Autonomy.” Journal of Policy History 18 (2006): 45-75.
“Gentlemanly Price-Fixing and Its Limits: Collusion and Competition in the U.S. Explosives Industry during the Civil War Era.” Business History Review 77 (2003): 207-234.
“The Extensive Side of Nineteenth-Century Military Economy: The Tent Industry in the Northern United States during the Civil War.” Enterprise & Society 2 (2001): 297-337.
M.A. Theses Directed (with completion date)
Kathryn Anne Bagley, “Stealing Reproductive Rights: Compulsory Pediatric Sterilization in Georgia, 1939-1962” (2011)
Kathryn Anne Bellew, “A Cold November: A Northern Family and the Civil War” (2011)
Matthew Chisholm, “Of Sweat and Earth: Memory and Myth on the Road to Nowhere in the Southern Smoky Mountains” (2011)
Charles Clifton McShane, “Class, Christ, and Cocktails: The Clash of Business Boosterism and Southern Baptism in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1965-1980” (2011)
Kurt David Geske, “Where Johnny Got His Gun: One American City’s Experience with Military Mobilization during World War I–Charlotte and Camp Greene, North Carolina” (2012)
Clifford Wilson Stoner III, “A Few Dollars More: Funding the American Space Program for 1962 and 1966” (2012)
Jason Woodrow Doom, “Restructuring the United States Information Agency for Dialogue and Human Rights, 1968-1984” (2013)
Kelly Summerrow, “Charles Kettering and the Intersection of Technology and Human Intellect” (2013)
Lucas Charles Ross, “Charlotte’s Airport Enters the Jet Age: Charlotte Douglas, 1954-1983” (2016)