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Associate Professor
473 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


AB Princeton University, 2000
PhD Harvard University, 2009

Research Interests

Benjamin Waterhouse studies American politics, political culture, and capitalism in the twentieth century. He is interested in contests between economic groups, including business, labor, and the political class, and how the relationships among them shaped the broader contours of the American political tradition and American economic development. Waterhouse teaches courses on the history of business and economics, politics and political thought, and capitalism. His first book, Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA (Princeton University Press, 2014) explores the role that large, national business associations—and their lobbyists—played in shaping economic policy and conservative politics between the 1960s and the 1990s.

Some Notable Publications

  • The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States (Simon & Schuster, 2017)
  • Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA (Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • “Mobilizing for the Market: Organized Business, Wage-Price Controls, and the Politics of Inflation, 1971–1974,” Journal of American History (September 2013)
  • “The Corporate Mobilization Against Liberal Reform: Big Business Day, 1980,” in Julian Zelizer and Kim Phillips-Fein, eds., What’s Good for Business: Business and Politics Since World War II (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • “O Futuro da Historia do Capitalismo,” [“The Future of the History of Capitalism”], Direito e Desenvolvimento: Revista do Curso de Direito, Centro Universitário de João Pessoa, UNIPÊ, João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil (August 2011)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 89-FYS: America in the 1970s
  • HIST 364- The History of American Business
  • HIST 372 - Politics and Society Since the New Deal
  • HIST 398- American Political History in the Twentieth Century (undergraduate research seminar)
  • HIST 716- Graduate Colloquium in American History Since 1865
  • HIST 890 - American Economic History and the History of Capitalism
  • HNRS 353 - The History of the 2008 Financial Crisis