Research Interests

The publications reflect some of my favorite themes in industrial and technological history:

government-industry relations,
international and "transnational" exchanges, and
acquiring and building technical expertise.

My training and scholarship center on the subfields of history of technology, business history, and comparative history (just in case you didn't read the banner above), which lend themselves to studies of industrial history as it has unfolded in all of its complexity in the United States and Europe since 1800.

Having been intrigued by the confiscation of chemical patents by the United States in World War I, an enjoyable topic in the first book, I have begun a second project on patent governance in the United States, 1870-1970. This, too, will involve the three themes above.

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