US 1900–Present, 2014

rpkaminski@uchicago.edu


Research Interests

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States; business, economic, and labor history; political history; history of economic thought and political theory; Christianity and commerce; regulatory policy

Dissertation

Managers of Uncertainty: Corporate Consolidation, Regulation, and American Businessmen's Strategies for Managing Uncertainty in an Age of Risk, 1890–1920

Biography

Robert Kaminski's dissertation will examine some strategies businessmen used to manage uncertainties about labor-management relations and regulatory policy between 1890 and 1920. It examines their discovery of the limits of insurability, their use of corporate consolidation to manage persistent uncertainties about labor relations, and the effects of these efforts for the wider American political economy. Robert has also done research on early American welfare policy and on the politics of small business. He holds an MA in history from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and history from Georgetown University.