Participants/ Betsy A. Beasley

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Betsy Beasley's book project, At Your Service: Houston and the Preservation of U.S. Global Power, 1945-2008, examines the cultural, political, and economic development of the globally integrated economy through the lens of the oilfield services industry. Specifically, her research focuses on how the rise of oilfield services provided a way for U.S.-based firms to maintain cultural and economic power in an era of postcolonial nations’ rising political strength. In a moment when U.S. oil resources drastically diminished, exporting oil expertise offered a triumphalist explanation for the U.S. transition from an industrial to a post-industrial economy. Her research has been supported by the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the American Historical Association, the New Orleans Center for the Global South at Tulane University, and the Coca-Cola World Fund. An article drawn from her work is forthcoming in an issue of Diplomatic History. She cohosts and produces "Who Makes Cents: A History of Capitalism Podcast" with David Stein.