Jennifer Begakis

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Jennifer is a historian of capitalism with a focus on corporate finance, investment strategies and post-WWII consumer economies.

Jennifer Begakis

About Jennifer Begakis

Jennifer Begakis is a Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University. She is a historian of capitalism with a focus on corporate finance, investment strategies and post-WWII consumer economies.

Although Jennifer entered university to pursue a business major specialising in advertising, history lured her to explore American business practice and financial strategy. These curiosities prompted her to research the history of Disney's strategic planning behind its famous Parks and Resorts.

She received a grant from Berkeley to conduct archival research at the University of Central Florida, whereby she uncovered documents from Disney's first team of planners, all but ignored by popular and academic historians alike. 

Everyone has a Disney story and that’s what Jennifer likes about it. Disney is inseparable from American culture and Hollywood entertainment, and it has, increasingly throughout its history, become synonymous with global consumer capitalism. She likes to include facets of comedy in her work, and you will often find her wondering how to make complex ideas a bit more fun.

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