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Louis Galambos


Gilman 320
Wednesday, 12-1 p.m., or by appointment
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  • I am professor of history and editor, The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, at The Johns Hopkins University. I have taught at Rice University, Rutgers University, and Yale University, and have served as president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association. A former editor of The Journal of Economic History, I have written extensively on U.S. business history, on business-government relations, on the economic aspects of modern institutional development in America, and on the rise of the bureaucratic state. The Eisenhower Project published 21 volumes of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower and completed this major project in 2001.

    My central interest for some years has been the process of innovation in public and private organizations.

    I have an AB from Indiana University and a PhD from Yale University and am a former Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have been a Business History Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and a Fellow at the Smithsonian's Woodrow Wilson Center and Princeton University's Davis Center.  I recently held the Maguire Chair of American History and Ethics at the Library of Congress and was a Guggenheim Fellow.




  • My recent publications include Networks of Innovation: Vaccine Development at Merck, Sharp & Dohme, and Mulford, 1895-1995 (coauthor), and pharmaceutical Firms and the Transition to Biotechnology: A Study in Strategic Innovation, Business History Review, 72 (Summer 1998), 250-78 (co-author). Other books and articles include Theodore N. Vail and the Role of Innovation in the Modern Bell System; Competition and Cooperation; The Public Image of Big Business in America; America at Middle Age; The Rise of the Corporate Commonwealth (co-author); The U.S. Corporate Economy in the Twentieth Century, in volume 3 of The Cambridge Economic History of the United States; and The Creative Society - and the Price Americans Paid for It. 

    In addition to editing The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, I have edited the Cambridge University Press series Studies in Economic History and Policy: The United States in the Twentieth Century. At Johns Hopkins University Press, I have edited The Johns Hopkins/AT&T Series in Telephone History and I have published extensively on the historical development of America's telecommunications system.


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    The Creative Society – and the Price Americans Paid for It
    2011, Cambridge University Press

    Role: author

    Networks of Innovation: Vaccine Development at Merck, Sharp and Dohme, and Mulford, 1895-1995
    1997, Cambridge University Press

    Role: author