Dr. Kenneth James Lipartito

Kenneth James Lipartito

Dr. Lipartito is President of the Business History Group and Professor of History and former Chair of the History Department at Florida International University. He received his B.A. in history and economics from the University of Delaware and M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in business and economic history. He has held academic positions at Middlebury College and the University of Houston. He is Past President of the Business History Conference, former editor of Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History, and has twice been a fellow at Harvard Business School.

As a writer, teacher, and scholar, Dr. Lipartito has been recognized with awards from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Association of Computing Machinery. He has received the Research Excellence Award from Florida International University, the Abbott Payton Usher Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and both the Newcomen Award for Excellence in Business History Research and Writing and the Harold F. Williamson Prize from the Business History Conference.

Dr. Lipartito’s published work focuses on the relationship between organizations of all types and their social, cultural and political environments. He was contracted by NASA to write A History of the Kennedy Space Center (University Press of Florida, 2007), and co-authored a pioneering study of a corporate law firm and its place in urban growth, Baker & Botts in the Development of Modern Houston (University of Texas Press, 1991). Most recently he was a co-author on a path-breaking history of business responsibility, Corporate Responsibly: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has worked with a wide variety of private and civic organizations. He was guest curator of the Wolfsonian-FIU’s exhibit, The Hotel in America. He served as a Principal Investigator on “A Public Engagement Handbook for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program,” produced for National Parks Service, Everglades National Park, and the Critical Ecosystems Studies Initiative, as well as “Entre Espace Public et Espace Privé: Automobiles, Automobilistes et Systèmes de Communications (Between Public and Private Space: Automobiles, Users and Systems of Communication),” an international collaborative project sponsored by Renault Automobiles. Over the past six years he has received grants from the United States Department of Education and the Florida Department of Education to work with Miami-Dade public school teachers to improve their content knowledge of history. He has served as a consultant on historical projects for a number of law firms and corporations (Baker & Botts, Nilan Johnson Lewis, Jones Day, AT&T, Glidden).