Kenneth J. Lipartito is Professor of History at Florida International University. He has held academic positions at Middlebury College, Rice University, and the University of Houston. A specialist in business and economic history and the history of technology, his work gives particular emphasis on the interactions of economic institutions, politics, and culture. His scholarship has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Hagley Museum and Library and CIFAR. From 2003-2007 he was editor of Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History.
Dr. Lipartito is the author or editor of seven books and has published articles in the American Historical Review, Technology and Culture, Business History Review, Industrial and Corporate Change, and other journals. Over the course of his career, he has given fifty-four papers and invited talks at a wide range of venues. He has lectured at Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, The London School of Economics, The New School for Social Research, and the Kennedy School of Government. He has presented his work in Tokyo, London, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, and Mexico City and has been both the Newcomen Fellow and the Thomas McCraw Fellow at Harvard Business School.
His scholarship ranges from the history of telecommunications and information technology, to the history of the space program, to histories of corporate law and corporate social responsibility. He has received three book awards, three article awards, including the Abbott Payson Usher Prize by Society for the History of Technology and the Harold F. Williamson Prize, Business History Conference. His most recent publication is Capitalism’s Hidden World (2020), which he co-edited with Lisa Jacobson. In 2021 Surveillance Capitalism in America, co-edited with Josh Lauer, appeared.