Institute for Economic and Social History

Jan Logemann, Ph.D.


  • Consumer History (Credit, Retail, Spaces of Consumption)
  • History of Transatlantic Elite Migration
  • History of Marketing and Productdesign
  • Comparative History, Germany and the United States in the 20th Century
  • Current Project: Transnational "Consumer Engineers": European Immigrants and the Transformation of American Consumer Culture from the 1920s to the 1960s

Academic Employment and Education

  • Since 2014: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at Institute for economic and social history, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2010-14: Research group director Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980. (
  • 2010-2014: Research Fellow at German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • 2009-2010: Fellow in the History of Consumption, GHI Washington.
  • WS 2008: Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • 2007-2008: Lecturer in History, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2007: Ph.D. in History, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2002: MA in History, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • 1996-2002: Studies in modern history, political sciences and North-American studies at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Freien Universität Berlin, and Pennsylvania State University
  • Extended CV

Professional Affiliations

  • AHA. American Historical Association
  • ASA. American Studies Association
  • GSA. German Studies Association
  • Verband deutscher Historiker und Historikerinnen


A. Books

Jan Logemann, Donna Gabaccia und Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (Hg.), Europe, Migration and Identity: Connecting Migration Experiences and Europeanness, Edited Volume with (London: Routledge, 2014)

This volume explores connections between migration studies and research in the history of Europeanization and Europeaness. The collection asks what "Europe" meant to migrants abroad ? particularly within the transatlantic context ? and within the continent during the 20th century. Can we trace the emergence of European identieis among different groups of migrants and - if so what forms did they take?

Jan Logemann, Trams or Tailfins: Public and Private Prosperity in Postwar West Germany and the United States (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)

In the years that followed World War II, both the United States and the newly formed West German republic had an opportunity to remake their economies. Since then, much has been made of a supposed ?Americanization? of European consumer societies?in Germany and elsewhere. Arguing against these foggy notions, this book takes a comparative look at the development of postwar mass consumption in West Germany and the United States and the emergence of discrete consumer modernities.

Jan Logemann, (Hg.),The Development of Consumer Credit in Global Perspective: Business, Regulation, and Culture (New York: Palgrave, 2012)

The financial crisis of 2007-2009 underscored the centrality of consumer credit for modern economies. While some Europeans were quick to blame unsustainable American patterns of borrowing and consumption, consumer indebtedness became a growing problem in other countries, too. At the same time, important differences in cultures of credit were evident in the seemingly homogenous global world of finance and consumption. This book explores the history of consumer credit in Europe, the United States, and Japan. It focuses on the period after World War II but also reaches further back, and it integrates anthropological and economic perspectives.

B. Special Issues (Journals)

  • Jan Logemann, Donna Gabaccia und Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Europe ? Migration ? Identity, special issue of National Identities,15,1 (2013).<\punkt>
  • Jan Logemann and Mary Nolan (ed.), More Atlantic Crossings? European Voices and the Postwar Atlantic Community, GHI Bulletin Supplement 10 (Sommer 2014).

C. Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

D. Other Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Jan Logemann, European Imports? European Immigrants and the Transformation of American Consumer Culture from the 1920s to the 1960s, GHI Bulletin 52 (Spring 2013): 113-133.
  • Jan Logemann, Hans Knoll, in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 5, edited by R. Daniel Wadhwani. German Historical Institute. Last modified July 23, 2012.
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  • Jan Logemann, Beyond Self-Service: The Limits of ?Americanization? in Post-war West-German Retailing in Comparative Perspective? in Lydia Nembach (ed.), Transformation of Retailing in Europe after 1945 (London: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 87-100.
  • Jan Logemann, Consumption and Space: Inner-City Pedestrian Malls and the Consequences of Changing Consumer Geographies, in Hartmut Berghoff / Uwe Spiekermann (eds.), Decoding Modern Consumer Societies (New York: Palgrave, 2012), pp. 149-170.
  • Jan Logemann, Andreas Joch, Corinna Ludwig, Ashley Narayan, und Barbara Reiterer, Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980,GHI Bulletin 48 (Spring 2011): 85-99.
  • Jan Logemann, Where to Shop? The Geography of Consumption in the Twentieth Century Atlantic World, in GHI Bulletin 45 (Fall 2009), pp. 55-68.
  • Jan Logemann, Einkaufsparadies und "Gute Stube": Fußgängerzonen in Westdeutschen Innenstädten der 1950er bis 1970er Jahre,? in Adelheid v. Saldern (ed.), Stadt und Kommunikation in bundesrepublikanischen Umbruchszeiten (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2006), pp. 103-122.

E. Encyclopedia Articles

  • Jan Logemann, "Debt," in: Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies (forthcoming, 2014).
  • Jan Logemann, "Organization Man", "Sea World", "Segway", und "Roller Skating" in G. Cross, R. Maddox & W. Pencak (eds.), Dictionary of American History: Dynamic Reference Edition (Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons Reference Books, 2004).

F. Varia

  • Jan Logemann, "Documents by Henry Miller", in William Pencak (ed.), Pennsylvania?s Revolution (Penn State University Press, 2010), pp. 361-380 (translation with William Pencak).

G. Reviews in Journals

  • Agricultural History
  • Archiv für Sozialgeschichte
  • Business History Review
  • H-Transatlantic German Studies
  • Journal of Social History
  • German Studies Review
  • German History
  • Social History
  • Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte