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Pamela Laird, PhD


Pamela Laird

Professor and Chair

E-mail: Pamela Laird
Web site: http://clasfaculty.ucdenver.edu/plaird/
Office Location: 554 King Center
Phone: 303-556-4497
Fax: 303-556-6037
Areas of Expertise:

  • U.S. Social and Intellectual History
  • ​History of American Business Cultures 
  • Technology History   

  • PhD, History, Boston University
  • MA, History, Tufts University
  • BS, Psychology, Harvard University

 Pamela Walker Laird, PhD, Professor and Chair of History​

Professor Laird explores the history of American business cultures and how those business cultures affect and reflect broader cultural values and expectations. One of her current projects focuses on twentieth-century interactions between civil rights enforcement and corporate practices. Her other major project tracks the centuries-old origins of the notion of self-made success and effects of the illusion of self-made success.

 

Laird’s publications include Pull: Networking and Success Since Benjamin Franklin (Harvard University Press, 2006), which won the 2006 Hagley Prize for the best book in business history and is now available in Chinese; and Advertising Progress: American Business and the Rise of Consumer Marketing (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

 

Laird is a former president of the Business History Conference, the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the scholarly study of business history and the history of capitalism. She has received many awards for her research and service, including the Harold F. Williamson Prize for Achievement in Business History. She also received the American Association of University Women’s American Fellowship, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, as well as several service awards at the University of Colorado for her work in shared governance. Her most recent honors are the University of Colorado Denver Faculty Mentor of the Year Award for 2013 and the CU Faculty Council Distinguished Service Award for 2014.


  • Pull: Networking and Success Since Benjamin Franklin (Harvard University Press, 2006)
  • Advertising Progress: American Business and the Rise of Consumer Marketing (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)

  • HIST 3031, Theory and Practice of History
  • HIST 6013, Introduction to the Professional Study of History
  • HIST 6926, Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States
  • HIST 6993, Cultural Politics of Progress: Technology, Society, and Culture

Summer 2014:  Please email Pamela.Laird@UCDenver.edu​ to set up an appointment.