Project Team

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Immigrant Entrepreneurship was coordinated by the German Historical Institute (GHI) with the help of volume editors and individual contributors.  At the GHI, Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann directed the project and acted as the general editors. Each volume is also edited by a senior scholar of the respective era who guides the overall historical narrative and quality of his or her volume. The volume editors are Marianne Wokeck (Volume 1), William J. Hausman (Volume 2), Giles R. Hoyt (Volume 3), Jeffrey Fear (Volume 4), and R. Daniel Wadhwani (Volume 5). Finally, the project team at the GHI managed the day to day operations of the project; ensures that deadlines are kept; coordinates project-related workshops, panels, and conferences; and managed the project website.

General Editors

Hartmut Berghoff


Hartmut Berghoff was director of the German Historical Institute Washington DC from 2008-2015. He currently is director of the Institute for Economic and Social History at the University of Göttingen. He has researched and taught at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Tübingen, Humboldt University Berlin, the Beisheim Graduate School of Management Koblenz, Harvard Business School and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. For his extensive publications in the fields of business history, cultural and economic history and the history of consumption and consumerism, Hartmut Berghoff has received numerous awards and honors. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Uwe Spiekermann

Deputy Director

Uwe Spiekermann was deputy director of the German Historical Institute Washington DC from 2008-2015. He currently is a Max Weber Foundation fellow at the University of Göttingen. He has held teaching and research positions in Bremen, London, Exeter, Münster, and Vienna, and he also served as the managing director of a Heidelberg-based foundation for healthy nutrition. His work focuses on the economic and social history of Germany and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of consumption, and the history of science and knowledge.

Volume Editors

Marianne S. Wokeck


Marianne S. Wokeck is Chancellor’s Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she teaches early American history. She was educated in Germany and the United States (Staatsexamen [History and English], University of Hamburg; Ph.D. [History], Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Her major research interests focus on immigration and ethnicity and scholarly editing. Her book publications as author and editor include Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America (University Park, Pa., 1999); The Papers of William Penn, volumes 3-4 (Philadelphia, 1986, 1987); Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary, volume 1 (Philadelphia, 1991); The Works of George Santayana, volumes 5 and 7 (Boston, 2001-2011).

William J. Hausman

Chancellor Professor of Economics

William J. Hausman is Chancellor Professor of Economics at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.  He is founding editor (2000-04) of Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History and past President of the Business History Conference (2006-07). He has written extensively on energy history and published, with Mira Wilkins and Peter Hertner, Global Electrification: Multinational Enterprise and International Finance in the History of Light and Power, 1878-2007 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008). He contributed a paper on entrepreneurship in the United States to  Youssef Cassis and Ionanna Minoglou, eds., Country Studies in Entrepreneurship (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Giles R. Hoyt

Professor Emeritus

Giles Hoyt is Professor Emeritus of German and Philanthropic Studies and Director Emeritus of the Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center, Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis. He earned his B.A. from State University of New York at Binghamton and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His research interests include early modern German literature and language, German cultural studies, and German-American studies.

Jeffrey Fear


Jeff is Professor of International Business History at the University of Glasgow. He has taught in the History Department and the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught Creating Modern Capitalism and Business, Government and International Economics at the Harvard Business School. He has written on international cartels, comparative accounting and banking systems, management history, and organizational learning. His book on August Thyssen examined how German management and institutional practices differed from that of the United States. His present research involves the examination of family or midsize businesses who have become global champions in their respective market niches and who have evolved as multinationals since the 1970s.

R. Daniel Wadhwani


Dan Wadhwani is Assistant Professor of Management and Fletcher Jones Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dan’s research focuses on the areas of entrepreneurship and business history. His recent paper, “Schumpeter’s Plea: Historical Approaches to the Study of Entrepreneurship” won the 2006 “Best Conceptual Paper Award” from the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division. He has co-edited (with Geoffrey Jones) the two-volume series Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism (Edward Elgar, 2006), which examines the role of entrepreneurial activity in international economic integration over the last century and a half.