Scott Randolph

Business Administration and Management &  Faculty Athletic Rep - Business

Scott Randolph


Ph. D., Business and Economic History, Purdue University, 2009

M.A., History, The University of Akron, 2002

B.A., History, Rutgers University - Livingston College, 1993


Duke Hall 311
P: 909.748.8536


The Liberal Arts are the foundation of the student and faculty experience at the University of Redlands. Take me, for example: a historian by training, who teaches in the Department of Business Administration and Management. I am grateful that I work for a university and with colleagues for whom teaching and mentoring is job number one.

This is not to say that we neglect research. My own work investigates the complicated relationships between the state, the people, and business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My current research project, entitled, "Accounting for Regulation: Railway Valuation and the Progressive Effort to Find a Scientific Basis for the Administrative State, 1900 - 1935," is a broad examination of the progressive faith in data, calculation, and engineering through the 35-year effort to calculate the physical value of every railroad in the country.

Courses Taught

BUS 434 Applied Business Ethics

BUS 369 various topics

BUS 226 The Rise of American Capitalism, 1860 - 1932

FYS 100 Geo-Spatial Explorations in Digital Humanities

FYS 100 Tramps, Trainmen, and Travelers: History Unfiltered!


2018 - present: Managing Editor: H-Net/H-SHGAPE

2017- present: Early Table Leader, College Board Advanced Placement US History reading

2014 - 2016: Table Leader, College Board Advanced Placement US History reading

2015: Chair and Commentator for the panel "Life During the Depression Era" at the Northern Great Plains History Conference meeting in Bismarck, ND

2009 - 2013: Reader, College Board Advanced Placement US History reading 

2009 - present: On-line Editor: H-Net/H-SHGAPE

1998 - present: Curator of the Collection and Associate Archivist: Erie Lackawanna Historical Society (held at The Heritage Discovery Center/Steel Plant Museum in Buffalo, NY)


"Toward a New Railroad History? Limitations and Possibilities," review essay on Forging the Bee Line Railroad, 1848-1889: The Rise and Fall of the Hoosier Partisans and the Cleveland Clique and The Iron Road in the Prairie State: The Story of Illinois Railroading. In Ohio Valley History 17, no. 3 (Fall 2017), 75–78

"Harvest of Death in North Dakota: The Political Economy of Coal, Railroads, and Weather in Early Progressive North Dakota," North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains 80 no. 4 (December 2015), 14–30

"A Most Magnificent Machine: America Adopts the Railroad, 1825–1862," by Craig Miner. "Annals of Iowa" v. 70 no. 3 (Summer 2011), 262–264

"Railroad Noir: The American West at the End of the Twentieth Century," by Linda Niemann and Joel Jenson. "Technology and Culture" v. 52, (July 2011), 637–638

"Good, Reliable, White Men: Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877–1917," by Paul Michel Taillon. "Railroad History" 203 (Fall–Winter 2010), 85–86

Entries: "Adamson Act," "Erdman Act," and "Railway Labor Acts, 1920–1934," in Eric Arnesen, Leon Fink, et al, eds., "Encyclopedia of U. S. Labor and Working Class History," 3 vols., New York: Routledge, 2007: 14–16, 423, 1177–1180

"The Hook and Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway", by Don L. Hofsommer. "Railroad History" 195 (Fall–Winter 2006), 102

"Twisted Rails, Sunken Ships: The Rhetoric of Nineteenth Century Steamboat and Railroad Accident Investigation Reports," 1833–1879, by R. John Brockmann. "Railroad History" 194 (Spring–Summer 2006), 107

"Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the Rise of Public Domesticity," by Amy G. Richter. "Railroad History" 193 (Fall–Winter 2005), 84–85

"American Steam on Australian Rails," by David Burke. "Railroad History" 192 (Spring–Summer 2005), 99–100

"The New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad," by Robert E. Mohowski. "Railroad History" 190 (Spring–Summer 2004), 125–126

"Travel By Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870–1950," by Michael E. Zega and John E. Gruber. "Railroad History" 188 (Spring–Summer 2003), 119

"Katy Northwest: The Story of a Branch Line Railroad," by Donovan L. Hofsommer. "Railroad History" 183 (Fall–Winter 2000), 130–131

Awards, Honors, Grants


Professor of the Year, University of Redlands Mortar Board Society, 2015–2016 

Nominee, Professor of the Year, University of Redlands Mortar Board Society, 2015, 2014, and 2013

Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE), Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Wyoming, 2009


John H. White, Jr., Research Fellowship from the Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society, 2017

Richard C. Overton Research Fellowship from the Lexington Group in Transportation History, 2017–2018 

Research Travel Grant from the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University, 2017

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, Travel Grant, 2015


University of Redlands Faculty Research Grant, 2018–2019, 2017–2018, 2016–2017, 2015–2016

University of Redlands Innovation Fund, Spatial Communities of Practice Grant, Historical GIS lab, 2016–present, one of five co-applicants 

Center for Spatial Studies, University of Redlands, Two-year Spatial Communities of Practice Grant to support a new Historical GIS Community-of-Practice, one of five co-applicants, 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 academic years

Invited Presentations

"Not Quite a 'New Gilded Age' and the Danger of Facile Historical Comparisons" at the Laramie, Wyoming Noon-Time Rotary Club, 27 July 2017

"The 'New Gilded Age' and the Reality of Wealth and Inequality in the Gilded Age," at the Emma Willard School, Troy, New York, 6 February 2017

"Why 'Harvest of Death in North Dakota' isn't quite as bad as it sounds: Exploring the politics of transportation, weather, and booster journalism in Early Progressive North Dakota," delivered to the President's High Table, University of Redlands, 8 March 2016

"Cold, Coal, Cars, and North Dakota: Railroads and the Winter of 1906-1907," Northern Great Plains History Conference, Grand Forks, ND, 15 October 2010

"Railroads and the Value of Property: The Presidents' Commission on Interchange of Freight Cars, 1908-1909," Business History Conference Annual Meeting, Athens, GA, 27 March 2010

"The Response of the Roosevelt Administration to the Holocaust," for the University of Wyoming Hillel Association, 11 November 2009

"The Madden Bill and the Fight for Reciprocal Demurrage: Farmers, the Railroads, and Car Service, 1900 to 1910," Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR, 20 June 2009

"The Dilemma of Car Service: Markets, Manipulation and Oversight in Railway Interchange 1902–1923," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, 28–31 March 2008 (panel co-organizer)

"Playing by the Rules: Car Service, Private Action, and the Meaning of Exchange in the American Railway Industry, 1902–1917," at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, 1–3 March 2007

"Missing the Forest for the Trees: Railway Executives and the Specter of the State in a Time of Economic Transformation, 1952–1960," at the Social Science History Association meeting, Portland, OR, 3–5 November 2005

"Pain, Injury, and Loss: 1930s Railway Claim Records and the Meaning of Work," at the Center for Working-Class Studies Conference, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, 21 May 2005 (panel co-organizer)

"'The necessities of war may teach us what is advantageous for peace,' Hope, Conflict and Negotiation: The Railway Industry's Internal Dialogue during the Transportation Crisis of 1917," at the Social Science History Association meeting, Chicago, IL, 20 November 2004

"Sentiment and Safety: Railway Workers Confront Work and Unemployment During the Great Depression," at the North American Labor History Conference meeting, Wright State University, Detroit, MI, 23 October 2004 (panel co-organizer)

"Bums, Boilermakers, and the Boob-oise: The Meaning of Work and Unemployment in Industrial Ohio During the 1930s," at the Ohio Academy of History, Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH, 16–17 April 2004 (panel co-organizer)

"Tramps, Trainmen, and Travelers: Work, Conflict and Identity during the Great Depression" at the Indiana Association of Historians meeting, Indianapolis University, Indianapolis, IN, 27–28 February 2004


"The Response of the Roosevelt Administration to the Holocaust," for the University of Wyoming Hillel Association, 11 November 2009

"Private Efforts, Public Failure: The Transportation Crisis of 1917 through the eyes of the Pennsylvania Railroad," at the offices of the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission, Harrisburg, 2 November 2006

"Transportation Heritage and Conservation: Archival Theory and Practice in the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Collection," at the 90th Annual Purdue Road School, Purdue University, 11 March 2004

"An Introduction to the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Collection at the University of Akron Archival Services." Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Convention, Girard, OH, 20 September 2003


Member, Business History Conference

Member, Lexington Group in Transportation History

Member, Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society

Member, Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Member, American Historical Association

Member, Organization of American Historians