Project Team

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Immigrant Entrepreneurship is coordinated by the German Historical Institute (GHI) with the help of volume editors and individual contributors.  At the GHI, Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann direct the project and act 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 manages the day to day operations of the project; ensures that deadlines are kept; coordinates project-related workshops, panels, and conferences; and manages 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.

Project Team

Raechel Guest

Raechel Guest is the Executive Director and Curator of the Cornwall Historical Society in Cornwall, T. An expert in American decorative arts and material culture, she is also an independent curator and historian and a practicing artist.

Bryan Hart

Bryan Hart joined the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, in 2007 after completing his M.A. in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working at the GHI, Bryan was a research assistant at the Atlantic Council of the United States, where he worked closely with the Council’s executive director on a book project. He has also interned at the Berlin Institute for Comparative Social Science, working within the coordination team of the European Migration Network, a European Commission-sponsored research network on migration. Bryan manages the website for the Immigrant Entrepreneurship project.

Kelly McCullough

Volume Coordinator

Kelly McCullough joined the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, in 2003, after completing her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History at Bryn Mawr College. She is the manager of the Institute’s online project German History in Documents and Images and recently joined the Immigrant Entrepreneurship project team as a project associate, where she coordinates Volume 3. During her tenure at the GHI, she has taught courses in modern art and architecture at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. Before joining the Institute staff, she worked as an assistant bibliographer at the Library Company of Philadelphia and a curatorial assistant at the German Society of Pennsylvania.

Atiba Pertilla

Atiba Pertilla joined the German Historical Institute in 2012 as the coordinator for volume 4. He graduated from Stanford University in 1999 with a degree in history and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at New York University. His doctoral project is a study of New York City’s financial community—Wall Street—from the late 19th to the early 20th century that examines the intersection of business history with cultural history.

Former Colleagues

Clelia Caruso

Clelia Caruso was a Research Fellow at the Institute from 2011 to 2014. Her research at the intersection of social and cultural history transcends national boundaries and approaches migration and technology from the perspectives of transnational and entangled history. She studied and worked as a research fellow at the University of Trier, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2010. Her thesis Eigene Welt? Der transnationale Sozialraum italienischer Arbeitsmigranten in Seraing (1946-1990) is currently under revision for publication in the Industrielle Welt (Böhlau) series. She co-edited Postwar Mediterranean Migration to Western Europe: Legal and Political Frameworks, Social Mobility and Memory (Peter Lang, 2008). In her current research on the culture of the telephone in the United States and Germany she examines how the telephone became a technical object of everyday life. The concurrent changes in its usage and interpretations are read in view of an emerging mindset of modernity.

Jessica Csoma

Jessica Csoma joined the German Historical Institute in 2008. She received her M.A. in English, History and Economics from the University of Münster in 2002. Subsequently, she was a teaching assistant at the European Viadrina University Frankfurt/Oder, giving seminars in international management and conducting research on a broad range of topics in international business. From 2004-2008 she worked as project manager and curatorial assistant at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut, coordinating the digitization of the foundation’s holdings, organizing exhibitions about the two German émigré artists and contributing as author and editor to exhibition publications. She manages the Immigrant Entrepreneurship project and coordinates Volume 5.

Christine Le Jeune

Christine Le Jeune worked on the Immigrant Entrepreneurship project from August 2011 until December 2011. Prior to joining the GHI, Christine worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as a national security analyst at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. From 2008-2009, she was a visiting fellow at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Moscow, Russia office. Christine holds an M.A. from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, as well as an M.A. in International Relations from the Free University Berlin, Germany. She earned her B.A. in International Relations and German from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.

Christina Lubinski

Research Fellow

Christina Lubinski was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute from 2011 to 2014. Prior to joining the GHI she was the Newcomen Fellow at Harvard Business School 2010/11 and Fellow in Economic and Social History at the GHI 2009/10. She studied Business and Economic History, History, and Business Administration at the Universities of Göttingen (Germany), Brussels (Université Libre, Belgium), and Geneva (Switzerland) and received her Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen in 2009. Her revised dissertation Familienunternehmen in Westdeutschland. Corporate Governance und Gesellschafterkultur seit den 1960er Jahren (Munich: C.H.Beck 2010) won the Prize for Business History by the German Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V.

Ashley Narayan

Ashley Narayan worked at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC in August 2010 and left in August 2011.

Meghan O'Dea

Meghan O'Dea received her bachelor's degrees in German, Political Science, and International Studies from Colorado State University in 2010. After an internship with the Department of State in Germany at the U.S. Consulate in Hamburg, she began a master's degree in German Studies at the University of Florida, which she completed in 2012. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate and German Instructor at Georgetown University in the Department of German and working on her dissertation tentatively titled, "Verlorene Heimat - Imagined and Physical Return Visits to Lost Homes in the German East." She worked at the GHI in the summer of 2015 and contributed to the Immigrant Entrepreneurship project by writing biographies for volume five.

Benjamin Schwantes

Volume Coordinator

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.

Simone V. Willnath

Simone Willnath received her Bachelor's Degree in German Studies and Theology from the University of Münster, holds a Master's Degree in Foreign Language Pedagogy, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in German Studies at Georgetown University. She supported the Immigrant Entrepreneurship team as a research assistant from May-August 2014 and developed several teaching tools for the project.

Claudia Winkler

Claudia Winkler received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of German at Georgetown University.  She interned with the GHI from June through August 2011 and was primarily responsible for commissioning biographies for the Immigrant Entrepreneurship research project. She returned as a Research Associate from Dec 2013 to April 2014.