Current Member

Julia Ott

Social Science
Field of Study
Home Institution
The New School

Julia Ott’s current research examines the origins of venture capital as an idea, as a form of investment, and as an organized industry. Between 1937 and 1982, concerns about venture capital gradually reoriented American political culture in a neoliberal direction, in favor of investors and the wealthy. The result was the less innovative and far more unequal economy that we live with today.

Dates at IAS
  • Social Science
Yale University Ph.D., 2007
Faculty Research Grant, Provost's Office, The New School 2019-2020
Civic Liberal Arts Grant, Eugene Lang College for the Liberal Arts, The New School 2018
Faculty Opportunity Award, Eugene Lang College for the Liberal Arts, The New School 2017
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University 2014-2016
Grant Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on American Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center 2013
Vincent DeSantis Prize for the Best Book on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 2013
Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City 2009-2010
The New School 2014–2019 Associate Professor of History
2007–2014 Assistant Professor of History