Joseph Pratt


Joseph Pratt


Joseph A. Pratt is the Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston, where he has taught for the last 16 years. Before coming to UH, he taught in the business school at the University of California-Berkeley, Texas A & M University and at the Harvard Business School. He earned his B.A. from Rice University and his Ph.D. in economic history from Johns Hopkins. A specialist in the history of the petroleum industry, he has written histories of Amoco, the Texas Eastern Corporation, and the National Petroleum Council. He is currently at work on a history of the offshore petroleum industry.

Professor Pratt has also co-authored the books But Also Good Business, Texas Commerce Banks and the Financing of Houston and Texas, The Rise of the Corporate Commonwealth, U.S. Business and Public Policy in the Twentieth Century, and Baker & Botts in the Development of Houston. Publications have appeared in Business History Review, California Management Review, Journal of Economic History, The Public Historian, Research in Economic History, and others. Current work includes a forthcoming history of the Texas Eastern Corporation and a history of the control of oil pollution.

Research Interests

  • Business History
  • Business and Public History
  • History of regulation
  • Energy History

Areas of Expertise

  • Business History
  • Business and Public History
  • History of regulation
  • Energy History

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Ph.D. Economic History
Johns Hopkins University

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