Stefan J. Link

Assistant Professor of History

Professor Link specializes in economic history, business history, and the intellectual history of capitalism. He is currently finishing a book on the global spread of Fordism in the interwar years, which is under contract with Princeton University Press. The book shows that, seen from a broad transnational vantage point, Fordism is 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.

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Subsidiary research interests of Professor Link’s concern the questions how social theory, politics, and ideology might be leveraged for understanding business history; how development theory might be applied to the economic history of the United States; and how the Great Depression, understood as a global crisis, has shaped the history of globalization.
At Dartmouth, Professor Link teaches various 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 and has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Recent publications:
Stefan Link, “How Might 21st-Century De-Globalization Unfold? Some Historical Reflections,” New Global Studies, June 2018 (online).
Stefan Link, “The Charismatic Corporation: Finance, Administration, and Shop Floor Management under Henry Ford,” Business History Review 92:1 (2018), 85-115.

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