Institute for Economic and Social History

Dr. Alexander Engel


Interests

  • History of markets, prices, and commerce
  • Globalisation and colonial economies
  • History of capitalism
  • Business history
  • History of economic thought
  • Economic sociology


Ongoing research

  • Book in progress: The birth of the risk economy: a history of futures trading [in German]
  • Article in progress: What is the Chicago Board of Trade? Changing perceptions of a capitalist institution, 1848-1948
  • Chapter in progress: The securities business of the German savings banks, 1950s to 1980s [in German]


Education

  • 2007/09: PhD (summa cum laude) at the Faculty for Humanities, Göttingen University. Thesis: Colours of globalization. Transformations of the global dyestuffs market from the late middle ages until the early 20th century. Supervisor/Examiner: Prof. Dr. H. Berghoff, Prof. Dr. K.H. Kaufhold, Prof. Dr. J. Schlumbohm
  • 2000/12: Master of Education in History and Mathematics, Göttingen University ("Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien in den Fächern Geschichte und Mathematik"). Thesis: The sales of the Swiss merchant bank Amman in Schaffhausen, 1748-1779. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. K. H. Kaufhold


Academic experience

  • 2011/09-2012/08: John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • 2010/10-12: Acting Head of the Institute for Economic and Social History, Göttingen University
  • Since 2010/08: Akademischer Rat auf Zeit [Academic Councilor, comparable to Assistant Professor], Institute for Economic and Social History, Göttingen University
  • 2009/10-2009/12: Günter Schmöders Fellow [research stays in New York, Chicago, and Washington]
  • 2008/10-12: Guest Lecturer at Zürich University
  • 2004/08-2006/11: Research project "The Colours of Globalisation. Structural change of the world market for dyestuffs, 1580-1914", funded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation
  • 2003/05-09: PhD stipendiary at the German Historical Institute, London
  • 2001/04-2010/07: Research assistant and lecturer, Institute for Economic and Social History (Prof. Berghoff), Göttingen University


Honors, awards, grants (selected)

  • Admission to the Wirtschaftshistorischer Ausschuss im Verein für Socialpolitik [2015]
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship 2011/12, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Günter Schmölders Fellowship 2009
    [Post-doctoral fellowship to support transatlantic scholarly exchange; research stays in New York, Chicago, Washington/D.C.]
  • K. Austin Kerr Prize 2009
    [Best first paper of a new scholar at an Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference]
  • Friedrich-Lütge-Preis 2009
    [Dissertation prize of the German Society for Social and Economic History]
  • Shortlisted for the Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009/10 of Harvard Business School
  • Research scholarship of the German Historical Institute, London [2003/05-09]


Memberships (selected)

  • Wirtschaftshistorischer Ausschuss [Economic History Committee] im Verein für Socialpolitik
  • Economic History Association
  • Business History Conference
  • European Business History Association
  • Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte [German Society for Social and Economic History]
  • Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V. [German Society for Business History]
  • Arbeitskreis für kritische Unternehmens- und Industriegeschichte e.V. [Association for Critical Business History]
  • Institut für Bankhistorische Forschung [German Organisation for Banking History]


Refereeing (selected)

  • Business History Review
  • Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte / Journal of Business History
  • Socio-Economic Review
  • Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte / Journal of Business History
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Routledge


Academic Self Administration (selected)


  • Since 2011/04 Member of the Board, Department for Economics, Göttingen University
  • 2011/04-2011/10 Member of the Graduate Committee, Faculty of Economics, Göttingen University
  • 2010/11-2011/11 Member of the task group "Works agreement on working hours of the scientific staff",
    Göttingen University
  • Since 2010/04 Member of the Academic Commission, Faculty of Economics, Göttingen University
  • 2009/04-2011/03 Member of the Finance Committee, Faculty of Economics, Göttingen University
  • Since 2009/04 Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Economics, Göttingen University
  • 2008/11-2009/09 Study program commissioner ("Studiengangsbeauftragter") for the Historical sciences,
    Faculty of Humanities, Göttingen University