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Department of History

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BA, History and BS, Finance, Florida State University, 2000; MBA, Moore School, University of South Carolina, 2002; MA, History, Vanderbilt, 2005

Paula Gajewski

Paula Gajewski studies the history of American business. Her dissertation, "The New York Stock Exchange and the Transformation of Retirement in America," explores the connections between commission rate deregulation at the NYSE in 1975, an event known as "May Day," and the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This unique historical moment helps reveal the increasingly important role of securities markets and institutional investing in the evolution of American retirement practices. Paula presented, "Public Policies for Private Capital: How Labor’s Pensions became Wall Street’s Retirement Plans,” at a conference at The Huntington, "Capitalizing on Finance: New Directions in the History of Capitalism," April 13, 2013. Paula was awarded the Business History Conference's 2008 Kerr Prize and was a 2010 Helguera Fellow. Paula works with Professors Dan Usner and Thomas Schwartz.