Stefan J. Link
Assistant Professor of History
Professsor Link specializes in economic history, business history, and the intellectual history of capitalism. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the global spread of Fordism in the interwar years. Seen from a broad transnational vantage point, Fordism turns out to be a production regime not specific to capitalism. Rather, techniques and ideologies of mass production furnished key components of illiberal modernization drives – that is, projects of state-led growth, which explicitly fashioned themselves as alternatives to Western capitalism.
A subsidiary research project of Professor Link’s concerns the political history of the early American automobile industry. The project stems from a broader curiosity about how the social backgrounds of businessmen and their conflicting visions of political economy have shaped the history of corporations.
At Dartmouth, Professor Link teaches a variety of courses related to his areas of specialty, including a survey of global economic history since 1800, a course on the global Great Depression, and a course on the intellectual history of capitalism.
Stefan Link earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2012, and has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Selected publications/book reviews:
“Rethinking the Ford-Nazi Connection,” in Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 49 (2011), 135-150.
“Politics or Efficiency? Three Questions on the Ford Motor Company and Alfred Chandler’s Managerial Revolution,” in Cadmus, EUI online research repository, 2013.
Double book review of Angus Burgin, The Great Persuasion. Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression (2012) and Daniel Stedman Jones, Masters of the Universe. Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics (2012), in European Review of History 21:1 (2014), 148-151. (Paywall)
Book review of Stefan Plaggenborg, Ordnung und Gewalt. Kemalismus – Faschismus – Sozialismus (2012)