Laura Phillips Sawyer

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., Belmont University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia



Biographical Information: 

Laura Phillips Sawyer is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School in the Business, Government and International Economy Unit. She is on leave this academic year and visiting at the University of Georgia, where she is teaching in the History Department, the Honors College and the Terry College of Business.

Before joining the HBS faculty, she held the Harvard-Newcomen Fellowship in Business History at HBS. She also held a post-doc at Brown University's Political Theory Project, where she taught in the political science and history departments. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia.

Phillips Sawyer's book American Fair Trade: Proprietary Capitalism, Corporatism, and the 'New Competition,' 1890-1940 was published by Cambridge University Press. Her work has been published in the Business History Review, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on American History (forthcoming) as well as other venues. 

Phillips Sawyer has published several HBS cases, including "Google in Europe" and "Vietnam: Managing Global Value Chains." She wrote a technical note, "A Note on U.S. Bankruptcy Law: Individuals, Firms, and Sub-State Entities,” to accompany the HBS case "Rebuilding Puerto Rico," which she co-authored with Professor Laura Alfaro.

Currently, she is co-editing a special issue of the Business History Review with Professor Herbert Hovenkamp. The issue, which focuses on new perspectives in the history of regulation, will be out in spring 2020. Phillips Sawyer is also working on a new research project on post-WWII antitrust law and policy, the first chapter of which examines the landmark case of U.S. v. Alcoa (1945).

She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Belmont University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.