Since 1954, the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture in the University of Delaware’s History Department has been training graduate students interested in industrialization, capitalism, science, technology, consumption, business, labor, and the environment, preparing them for both academic and non-academic professional positions. Many of our students develop an expertise in the study of material culture, and a large number earn a certificate in Museum Studies. Within the program, students pursue projects on a diverse range of subjects, from transportation and agriculture to marketing and mass media. Affiliated faculty members include a broad array of internationally recognized scholars, and the program has a close working relationship with the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, one of the nation’s leading institutions dedicated to the history of business and technology. Our alumni include more than 150 distinguished historians, museum professionals, archivists, and others.

Check out Hagley Scholar News for updates on current students and alumni.

inside the archives, where various photographs are on display on a table. A few female students are examining the collection, two of whom are visible in the photo: one is a dark haird woman, the other is a blonde one; they both look serious and contemplative

One of the Hagley Program’s strength is our close relationship with the Hagley Library — here, Hagley Scholars examine some of the archival collections related to their research interests.


The Oct 2020 issue of AHA Perspectives features an article written by Alan Parkes.

Anastasia Day recently had her second op-ed published in the Washington Post. It draw on her dissertation on the history of victory gardens during World War II.

In November, Harvard University Press will publish former Hagley Scholar Ai Hisano’s first book Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat, based on her award-winning dissertation.

Rachael Storm was just hired as the Emery Assistant Curator of Oral History at History Colorado (the state museum and archives). In June, she presented “‘As the Controversy Nears Its Boiling Point’: FFA, Gender, and Race in the 1960s” at the annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society, based on her dissertation-in-progress on the history of Future Farmers of America.

In November, Alan Parkes is presenting a paper “Survival of the Streets: Neoliberalism and Youth Culture in 1980s New York City” at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association conference in Pittsburgh. 

Many of the Hagley Scholars—Ben Wollet, Kyle VanHemert, Rachael Storm, Ben Tomak, and Greg Hargreaves—have presented work recently or will soon present work at the Hagley Library Brown Bag series.


Three students standing in front of a stone wall.

Hagley Scholars cohort 2023-2024 
(from left to right): Yusuf Muhammed, Peter Fedoryk, and Samantha Hertel