Institute for Economic and Social History

PD Dr. Ingo Köhler


Current research project:
Professional Prognosticators? Market Research and the Formation of Business Expectations in West Germany and the United States after 1945
The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Priority Programme 1859: Experience and Expectation: Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour more...

  • History of Consumption, Marketing and Market Research
  • Failure and Resilience in Business History
  • History of Family Business
  • Global Economies
  • "Aryanization" of Jewish Businesses in Nazi Germany
  • Social and Economic History of the German Economic Elite
  • Academic Employment and Education

    • Since 2016: Associate Professor (not tenured) at Institute for Economic and Social History, Georg-August-University Göttingen
    • 04/2016-10/2016: Interim Professor für Social, Economic and Constitutional History at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn
    • 2013-15: Interim Professor and Acting Director of the Institute for Economic and Social History, Goettingen University
    • 2012-16: Member of the Historical Commission on the History of the German Ministry of Economics (project: Weimar Republic)
    • 11/2012: Venia Legendi in Modern History, Department of Philosophy, Goettingen University; "second book" (Habilitationsschrift): Gesellschaftswandel und "Management of Change". Die ökonomisch-sozialen Strukturbrüche der 1970 Jahre und die deutsche Automobilindustrie
    • 2010-13: Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Institute for Economic and Social History, Georg-August-University Göttingen
    • 2008-10: DFG Post-doc Fellow; research project: Social Transition and the Management of Change of the German Automotive Industry, 1960s-1980s
    • 2007-08: Post-doc Fellow at German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.
    • 2003-07: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at Institute for Economic and Social History, Georg-August-University Göttingen
    • 2005: GUG-Preis für Unternehmensgeschichte [Dissertation prize of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte]
    • 2004: Friedrich-Lütge-Preis [Dissertation prize of the German Society for Social and Economic History]
    • 11/2003: PhD (summa cum laude) at Ruhr-University Bochum; Thesis: The "Aryanisation" of German Private Banks and the issue of "Wiedergutmachung"
    • 1998-2005: Member of the Historical Commission: The History of the Dresdner Bank in Nazi Germany (Prof. D. Ziegler/ Prof. D. Petzina)
    • 1999-2002: PhD stipendiary at the Ruhr-University Bochun
    • 1998-99: Researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the University of Bielefeld (Prof. W. Abelshauser)
    • 1991-1998: Studies in Modern History and Literature at Bielefeld University
    • Professional Affiliations

      • Wirtschaftshistorischer Ausschuss [Economic History Committee] of the Verein für Socialpolitik
      • European Business History Association
      • European Association For Banking and Financial History (EABH)
      • Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte [German Society for Social and Economic History]
      • Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte [German Society for Business History]
      • Arbeitskreis für kritische Unternehmens- und Industriegeschichte e.V. [Association for Critical Business History]
      • Eugen-Gutmann-Society, Frankfurt am Main/Dresden