Coon, Ella

Field: United States; Advisor: Tooze & Jones; Year 2019

Ella Coon is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Columbia University. Her research considers 20th-century US history through the lenses of business history, international political economy, and the history of computing. Coon’s dissertation, tentatively titled Control Data: American Power and the Global Assembly Line, 1957-1996, looks at the business and politics of global operations at one Minnesota-based supercomputer producer and IBM rival—Control Data Corporation—as company management responded to three decades of changing US industrial policy.

Her research has been supported by a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant in Science and Technology Studies (NSF DDRIG STS), the Charles Babbage Institute, Hagley Museum and Library, Columbia World Project’s Center for Political Economy (CPE), and Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, among other organizations. Before coming to Columbia, Coon received an MA in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research.