Steven Usselman

Professor of History and Chair

Dr. Steven W. Usselman is Professor of History and Chair of the School of History and Sociology.  A specialist in the history of technology, innovation, and American political economy, Usselman has published over two dozen refereed articles and book chapters, including many pertaining to IBM and the computer industry. His book Regulating Railroad Innovation: Business, Technology, and Politics in America, 1840-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2002) received the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians and the Hilton Prize in transport history. He has also co-edited The Challenge of Remaining Innovative: Insights from Twentieth-Cetury American Business (Stanford University Press, 2009).  From 2003 through 2008, Usselman served as Associate Director for Research at the Georgia Tech's Sloan Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS).  A past president of the Society for the History of Technology, he received the Harold F. Williamson Medal for mid-career excellence from the Business History Conference and serves on the editorial board of its journal, Enterprise and Society. Recipient of the E. Roe Stamps Award for Excellence in Teaching, he teaches a variety of courses pertaining to technology, business, and law and policy in the United States.  His research has been supported by the Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and IBM.