Benjamin Waterhouse

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b_waterhouse_headshotAssociate Professor

473 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
waterhou@email.unc.edu


AB Princeton University, 2000
PhD Harvard University, 2009

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Benjamin C. Waterhouse is a historian of American politics, business, and capitalism in the twentieth century. His research focuses on contests among organized economic interests, including workers, activists, lobbyists, intellectuals, and business people, and explores how those relationships shaped American policy, partisan politics, and political culture. He teaches courses on the long history of American business, American politics since the New Deal, politics and society in the 1970s, and the history of financial crises. He is the author of Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA (Princeton University Press, 2014) and The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States (2017). Currently, Waterhouse is at work on a study of small business ownership and its place in American politics and life since 1980.

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)

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

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