Doctoral Colloquium 2019: Cartagena, Colombia

The 2019 BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Cartagena de Indias, Wednesday March 13 and Thursday March 14, 2019. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline. Topics (see below for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including at least two BHC officers), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. Applications are due by 15 November 2018 via email to Amy Feistel,, and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by 15 December 2018.

Colloquium Participants
Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium
Edward Balleisen

Ann Carlos

Professor of Economics and History (courtesy), University of Colorado-Boulder -- Early Modern Empires/Trade in North America

Paloma Fernandez-Perez

Professor of Economic and Business History, University of Barcelona Business School -- Spanish and Latin American Business History

Takafumi Kurosawa

Professor of Economic Policy, Kyoto University -- European and Japanese Business History

Kenda Mutongi

Williams College -- African Business History

Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium Paper
Jacqueline Brandon

Princeton University

Free Trade: NAFTA and the Politics of Post-Cold War America

Erin Cully

City University of New York Graduate Center

    Erin Cully is a PhD candidate in history at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She began researching the history of US banking while pursuing a masters degree at McGill University. Her interests include political economy and the transformation of banking and finance in the late twentieth century.  

Banking on Change: The Politics of US Bank Consolidation

Sean Delehanty

Johns Hopkins University

    I am a third-year PhD Candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University with Angus Burgin as my advisor. My research focuses on American political economy and the history of capitalism in the second half of the twentieth century. My dissertation focuses on the development of financial economics in business schools, and the rise of shareholder value ideology in American business as a result of the 1980s takeover wave. I received an M.A. in History from Johns Hopkins in 2018. Prior to starting my PhD, I received a B.A.

The Shareholder Value Revolution

Elena Egawhary

Columbia University

Kroll Associates Inc. and The Business of Knowledge Production 1970 – 2017

James Hollis

Brasenose College, University of Oxford

    James Hollis is a D.Phil. candidate at the University of Oxford.

Pax Pecuniaria? Offshore Finance in the Twilight of the British Empire, 1922-1984

Bastian Linneweh

University of Göttingen

    Bastian Linneweh is a historian of global and economic history. His dissertation provisionally entitled “The Anatomy of a Global Market in Transformation. Rubber, 1900-1960” is a study about the emergence and reconfiguration of global markets. With a commodity chain approach, he seeks to understand the role of different actors on the rubber market in times of de-globalization.The complexity of the global market is reconstructed through the commodity chains of wild, plantation and synthetic rubber.

The Anatomy of a Global Market in Transformation. Rubber, 1900-1960

Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal

Queen Mary University of London / Universidad de los Andes

    Beatriz holds degrees of Economics (BSc) from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and Economic History (MSc) from LSE (UK). She worked as Director of Special Projects at Portafolio-Casa Editorial El Tiempo (Colombia). Afterwards, she joined the School of Management Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) as junior lecturer and member of their History, Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group.

Financing varieties of capitalism. Firms in developing economies: from stand-alone to business groups. The case of Colombia after 1950

Alastair Y. Su

Stanford University

Age of Opium: American Capital and the Making of the Modern Pacific, 1828-1882

Joseph Wallace

Johns Hopkins University

    Joe Wallace is a lawyer and PhD candidate working on the history of financial capitalism in the United States in the formative period between the Revolution and the Jacksonian Era. His dissertation focuses on financial entrepreneurs, particularly in the Middle Atlantic region, and their legal, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts.

The Architects of their Fortunes: The Rise of Financial Capitalism in Baltimore, 1760s-1840s

Matthew Thomas Wormer

Stanford University

    Matthew Wormer is a historian of modern Britain and the British Empire. His dissertation is a study of the relationship between liberal economic thought and the British East India Company’s opium trade in South and East Asia. It explores how new ideas about consumption, commodification, and exchange reshaped the Company’s approach to the production and sale of opium during the Age of Revolutions. Before coming to Stanford, Matthew completed an M.A. at Yale University, where he submitted a thesis on the politics of luxury consumption in the mid-18th century British Empire, and a B.A.

Opium in the Age of Liberal Reform: Classical Political Economy and the Remaking of the British Empire, 1783-1839

Student Liaison
Participant Affiliation at Time of Colloquium
Alvaro Moreno

University of Virginia -- Colombian Business History