Kyle Edward Williams is a historian of the modern United States and the world, with broad interests in economic life, politics, ideas, public policy, and culture. His research and teaching traverse the late nineteenth-, twentieth-, and early twenty-first centuries and have tended to focus on the history of capitalism in general and the corporation in particular.
He is at work on a book project tentatively titled Taming the Octopus: The Century-Long Battle over the Soul of the Corporation. A history of corporate social responsibility, this project examines how different groups, from managers and business intellectuals to activists on the political left and right, have struggled over the social obligations of business.
Senior editor of The Hedgehog Review, he was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His work has been published in The New Republic, The Baffler, Jacobin, and the Washington Post’s Made by History. He holds a PhD in history from Rutgers University.