Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk
- Position: Professor of Business History & Leadership Chair in the History of Business and Society
- Areas of expertise: Global, British, and American business history with a cultural twist; consumer society in the US and UK; history of design, innovation, fashion, colour, marketing, and retailing; the chemical industry
- Email: R.Blaszczyk@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3613
- Location: 3.35 Michael Sadler Building
I joined the School of History as Professor of Business History and Leadership Chair in the History of Business and Society in February 2013. I received my PhD from the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture at the University of Delaware in 1995. My career has included jobs as a cultural history curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; as an American Studies professor at Boston University; and as director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (now the Science History Institute) in Philadelphia.
From 2005 to 2012, I was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania while working on several heritage projects, including the 100th anniversary of Rohm and Haas, a Fortune 500 chemical company that is now part of DowDuPont, and the centennial of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. I enjoy collaborating with museums and have recently contributed to exhibition catalogues at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
My research and writing focuses on the cultural history of business, with reference to design, the fashion system, colour, retailing, marketing, and advertising. My work connects the history of the creative industries to big historical themes such as globalisation, material life and social identity, and consumer culture. I also write about connections between the global chemical industry, the chemical engineering profession, and the creative sector, and about the history of technology. I have collaborated with museums, archives, and industry on numerous projects.
I am committed to publishing books that address important historical themes, while being written in clear, concise prose that can be enjoyed by academics and general readers alike. I believe that historians must not only dig through the archives for new evidence, but they must also focus on good writing and tell engaging stories. I have published 12 books and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews; I have also edited 2 special issues of journals.
The Color Revolution (2012)
* Society for the History of Technology, Sally Hacker Prize for Exceptional Scholarship that Reaches Beyond the Academy, 2013
* American Institute of Graphic Arts, Best of New England Design Award, 2013
* Designers & Books, Notable Books of 2012
* Women’s Wear Daily, Top Bookings for the Holidays, 2012
* Wall Street Journal, Best Business Books of 2012
“From Progress to Modernity: Invention and Innovation at the World’s Fairs,” essay in Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, edited by Catherine L. Futter and Jason T. Busch. New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012.
* Victorian Society in America, Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award, 2013
Producing Fashion: Commerce, Culture, and Consumers (2008)
* Association of American University Presses, Best of the Best Prize, 2008
Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgwood to Corning (2000)
* Business History Conference, Hagley Prize for the Best Book in Business History, 2001
* American Library Association, Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2001
* Design History Society (UK), Scholarship Award (UK), finalist, 2001
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- PhD, University of Delaware, 1995
- MA, University of Delaware, 1991
- MA, George Washington University, 1987
- BA, Marlboro College, 1978
- Business History Conference (USA)
- Association of Dress Historians (UK)
- Pasold Research Fund for Textile History (UK)
I teach modules at the intersection of business and cultural history.