Benjamin Schwantes earned a Bachelor of Philosophy University Honors Degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and an M.A. in history from the University of Delaware in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Delaware in 2009. He studied in the Hagley History of Industrialization Program at Delaware and his doctoral research focused on American business management and telecommunications in the 19th century. More recently, he has conducted research on immigrant entrepreneurship in the Mid-Atlantic states during the antebellum period. Between 2011 and 2015, he coordinated production of volumes I and II of the Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project for the German Historical Institute.
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