Jennifer A. Begakis
Historian of American Capitalism. I research the Walt Disney Company and Disney Parks and Resorts from the 1930s to the present.
Advisor: Lawrence Glickman
My dissertation highlights the critical limits of Disney investments that "all started with a mouse." October 27, 1954, Walt Disney.
I focus on the tension between design innovation and corporate business objectives, including company financing and strategic planning. I contend that the Walt Disney Company's limitations and past failures bring to view a new history of the famous company that stories of Walt Disney's successes do not.
Additionally, I am interested in histories of and of capitalism, corporate strategy, financialization, architectural design, city and regional planning, and the tourism industry.
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