Doctoral Colloquium 2023: Detroit, MI, United States

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium (DC) in Business History will be held on March 15th and 16th, 2023.  The participants will be invited for a welcome dinner in Detroit on March 15th. During the days of DC, there will also be professional development sessions scheduled.

Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to doctoral candidates who are pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history from any relevant discipline (e.g., from economic sociology, political science, cultural anthropology, or management, as well as history). Most participants are in year 3 or 4 or their degree program, though in some instances applicants at a later stage make a compelling case that their thesis research had evolved in ways that led them to see the advantages of an intensive engagement with business history.

We welcome proposals from students working within any thematic area of business history. Topics (see link 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 the incoming BHC president), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. 

Applications (a statement of interest; CV; and a letter of support from the dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor)) are due by Friday December 9th, 2022, via email to Carol Lockman ( Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Prof. Eric Godelier ( Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee's decisions by Monday January 16th (2023). If they travel to Detroit, all participants will receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. 

Colloquium participants have a choice of pre-circulating one of the following:

·       a 15-page dissertation prospectus or updated overview of the dissertation research plan; or

·       a draft dissertation chapter, along with a one-page dissertation outline/description. 

Participants should choose the option they feel will most assist them at this stage in their research and writing. We will need to send the prospectus/overview or a chapter draft and outline by February 27th.  Those will then be posted on a Colloquium webpage on the BHC website and shared with all participants to read in advance.



Colloquium Start Date
March 15th, 2023
Colloquium End Date
March 16th, 2023
Colloquium Participants

Student Liaison

Catharina Haensel

Georg-August University and Scuola Normale Superiore de Pisa


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Brice Bowrey

University of Maryland, College Park

Physicians-Entrepreneurs: Medical Professionals, Biomedical Engineers, and the Making of Modern U.S. Medical Device Regulation, 1946-2000


Bianca Centrone

Princeton University

Workers in Beautiful Homes: Productivism,Growth, Social Policies and Entrepreneurs in the European Southeast,1890s-1950s


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Bridget Diana

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Safety Regulation in the US Poultry Industry: For Whom?


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Tracy Mensah

Georgetown University

"Shopping for all pocket": History of Sindhi Retail and Industrial Busines in the Gold Coast, 1929-1989


James Nadel

Columbia University

Jewish Commerce: Trade, Credit, and Ethnic Difference Across the Russian Empire, 1870-1917


Maria Padovan

University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)

Le rendez-vous manqué: The Role of EURATOM, France and Italy in the European Nuclear Industry, between European Integration and Transnational History (1957-1998)


Sam Schirvar

University of Pennsylvania

Manufacturing Self-Determination: Native American Industrial Development in the Postwar United States


Pallavi Singh

Queen's University, Belfast

From Bazaar to Corporations: The Long-Run Evolution of Community in Listed Indian Firms (1920-1970)


Narusa Yamato

Stanford University

Milk for the Nation: A History of the Japanese Dairy Industry, 1840-1952


Teresa da Silva Lopes

University of York


Eric Godelier

École Polytechnique


Margaret Levenstein

University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research


Kenneth Lipartito

Florida International University


Sharon Murphy

Providence College