Henry Kaufman Fellowship Program
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business received a
$1 million endowment from the Henry & Elaine Kaufman Foundation to support a
fellowship in business history, in affiliation with the school’s Center for
Financial Policy. David Sicilia was appointed the first
Henry Kaufman Fellow in
Business History, effective July 1, 2010 through 2015.
David Sicilia is an Associate Professor of History at the University of
Maryland, College Park. His research and teaching focus on the evolution of global and U.S. capitalism.
Professor Sicilia's first book – The Entrepreneurs: An American Adventure, with
Robert Sobel (Houghton-Mifflin, 1986) – tells the stories of three dozen leading
U.S. entrepreneurs across a range of industries. The two in-depth corporate histories
that he published with Harvard Business School Press – Labors of a Modern Hercules:
The Evolution of a Chemical Company (1990), with Davis Dyer; and
The Engine That
Could: Seventy-Five Years of Values-Driven Change at Cummins Engine Company (1997),
with Jeffrey L. Cruikshank – explore the inner workings of two technology intensive
multinationals and the broader trends they exemplified in postwar business.
Greenspan Effect: Words that Move the World's Markets (McGraw-Hill, 2000) – voted
a Library Journal Best Business Book of the Year - Sicilia and Cruikshank dissect
the influence of the powerful Fed Chairman's public pronouncements on investor behavior.
Professor Sicilia's co-edited books are Kenneth Lipartito and David B. Sicilia,
Constructing Corporate America: History, Politics, Culture (Oxford University
Press, 2004); and David B. Sicilia and Robert Sobel, eds.,
The United States Executive
Branch: A Biographical Directory of Heads of State and Cabinet Officials (Greenwood
David Sicilia has received grants and fellowships from the United States-Denmark
Fulbright Commission; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Warren Center at Harvard
University, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, among others. Since 1980, he has
consulted – independently and through The Cruikshank Company, Inc. and The Winthrop
Group, Inc. – for a variety of private and public institutions that seek to apply
historical analysis to contemporary issues. Consulted frequently by local, national,
and international print and broadcast media, Professor Sicilia has appeared on CNBC,
CNN Financial News, Bloomberg Financial Television, National Public Radio, DR-1
Danish Public Television, and NHK Television Japan.
His current research projects focus on the evolution of U.S credit rating since
the 1950s; East-West technology transfer in the nineteenth century; and strategic
change in the U.S. public relations industry since 1945.