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Shane Hamilton
Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategy



I joined the York Management School in January 2016, having previously held an academic post at the University of Georgia. My doctoral training in history and social studies of science, technology, and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prepared me for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of business and political economy. I am Associate Editor of the journal Enterprise & Society, a former Trustee of the Business History Conference, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. I teach modules in international business and strategic management, and have extensive experience mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate researchers.

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation



My published research over the past decade has focused on the historical political economy of agribusiness. My first book, Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy (Princeton, 2008) won the 2009 Theodore Saloutos Award for Best Book in Agricultural History. I have published articles in the journals Agricultural History, Business History Review, Enterprise & Society, Reviews in American History, and Technology and Culture. My research interests include business history, regulation, international business strategy, food and agriculture, technology and organizational change, and risk management. I have recently completed a book manuscript on the history of transnational supermarkets during what I call the Cold War “Farms Race.” I am currently working on several projects, including the role of retailer standards and audit cultures in shaping agricultural sustainability (supported by the N8 Agrifood research consortium), the strategy and corporate governance of multinational agribusiness firms, and the political economy of rural development during and after the Cold War.



Selected publications


Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race (Yale University Press, 2018)

The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics: A Brief History with Documents, with Sarah Phillips (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2014). 

Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy, (Princeton University Press, Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America series, 2008). Recipient of Theodore Saloutous Award for Best Book in Agricultural History, Agricultural History Society, 2009. 

Articles and Book Chapters 

 "Revisiting the History of Agribusiness," Business History Review 90 (2016), 541-545

“Serve Yourself: Consumers and Corporations in America’s 20th-Century Food System,” in The Routledge History of American Foodways, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael D. Wise (Routledge, 2016) 

"Agribusiness, the Family Farm, and the Politics of Technological Determinism in the Post-World War II United States," Technology and Culture 55 (Jul. 2014): 560-90. 

"Supermarkets, Free Markets, and the Problem of Buyer Power in the Postwar United States," in What's Good for Business: Business and Politics since World War II, edited by Julian Zelizer and Kim Phillips-Fein (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

"Introduction," Business History Review 83 (Summer 2009), Special Issue on Food and Innovation. 

"Supermarket USA Confronts State Socialism: Airlifting the Technopolitics of Industrial Food Distribution into Cold War Yugoslavia," in Cold War Kitchen: Americanization, Technology, and European Users, edited by Ruth Oldenziel and Karin Zachmann (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009). 

"The Populist Appeal of Deregulation: Independent Truckers and the Politics of Free Enterprise, 1935-1980," Enterprise & Society (March 2009). 

"Analyzing Commodity Chains: Linkages or Restraints?," in Food Chains: From Farmyard to Shopping Cart, edited by Warren Belasco and Roger Horowitz (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, January 2009). 

"Long-Haul Trucking and the Technopolitics of Industrial Agriculture, 1945-1970," in The Technological Fix: How People Use Technology to Create and Solve Problems, edited by Lisa Rosner (Routledge Press, 2004). 

"Cold Capitalism: The Political Ecology of Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice," Agricultural History 77 (Fall 2003). 

"The Economies and Conveniences of Modern-Day Living: Frozen Food and Mass Marketing, 1945-1965," Business History Review 77 (Spring 2003). 

"Trains Are Like Flowers: Nature and Technology in Traditional Bluegrass Music," Odense American Studies International Series, Working Paper 57 (Feb. 2003).

 Shane Hamilton‌‌

The York Management School
University of York
Freboys Lane
York YO10 5GD

Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 325305
Room: LMB/229

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