Public-Private Governance in U.S. History

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Business and Economy; Social Welfare and Public Health; Urban and Suburban


This roundtable explores the history and meaning of collaboration between state actors and the private sector in American history. The panel’s central focus is how political power has been exercised through ostensibly private and voluntary forms of household and corporate activity—and with what social, economic, and political results.

Session Participants

Chair: Premilla Nadasen, Barnard College, Columbia University
Premilla Nadasen is associate professor of history at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a distinguished lecturer for the OAH and the author of several books, most recently Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement.

Panelist: Amy C. Offner, University of Pennsylvania
Amy Offner is assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book Sorting out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas was published by Princeton University Press in 2019.

Panelist: Emma Teitelman, University of Cambridge
Emma Teitelman is the Mellon Research Fellow in American History at the University of Cambridge.

Panelist: Gabriel Winant, University of Chicago
Gabriel Winant is assistant professor of History at the University of Chicago.