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Jennifer Begakis

Ph.D. Student

J. Begakis - Cornell

Mcgraw Hall, Room B 34

Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 


I am a historian of American capitalism working on the twentieth-century consumer goods economy. I research critical turns in touristic planning from the New Deal to the present. 

Research Focus

Economic planning and its many failures. My current focus is Walt Disney parks and resorts, with emphasis on the company's large-scale domestic investments. More broadly, I am interested in histories of economic thought, economic geography, public-private partnerships, and architectures of commercial consumption.


  • History

Graduate Fields

  • Modern American History
  • History of Capitalism
  • City and Regional Planning


  • Cornell University, ILR School
  • Department of City and Regional Planning | Cornell AAP