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Call for Applications for Secretary of the Business History Conference

Job Announcement


As a result of the recent amendments to the Business History Conference Bylaws, the BHC has decided to split the roles of Secretary and Treasurer.  The Secretary, like the Secretary-Treasurer before this year’s bylaw amendments, and the Treasurer going forward, will be elected by the members after endorsement by the Trustees. The Secretary is eligible for re-election to additional four-year terms of service.  The BHC now requests applications for this important position in our scholarly society.  As the job description below indicates, the BHC Secretary performs several crucial roles.  The candidate must be: a facilitator of effective committee work, a repository of institutional memory, a partner to BHC presidents in achieving their priorities, a conductor of BHC elections, a resource about the requirements of the BHC bylaws, and a key participant in discussions about the BHC’s strategic direction.

Timing, Remuneration, and Support

The first four-year term will begin at the conclusion of the 2021 BHC annual meeting. The remuneration for this position will be $15,000 per year, along with coverage of expenses to attend annual meetings. The Secretary will be able to count on administrative support from the Hagley Library, but may reside and work anywhere. Once in office, the Secretary will work closely with the President, Treasurer (Roger Horowitz until we fill this position as well), Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and BHC Committees.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a c.v., as well as a letter of interest by November 15, 2020.  The letter should describe any relevant experience to the specific roles laid out in the position description, as well as prior engagement with the BHC and a brief explanation of how the position dovetails with the applicant’s career trajectory. The selection committee, comprised of Past-President Edward Balleisen (chair), and previous BHC Presidents Mary O’Sullivan, Ken Lipartito, and Pamela Laird, will recommend up to two names to the Nominating Committee. If supported by that committee, this recommendation then requires the endorsement of the Trustees, prior to an election by the members.

Please contact Roger Horowitz (, Interim BHC Secretary-Treasurer, for additional information or to pose any questions.  Send applications to the search committee (;;; by November 15, 2020.

BHC Secretary Job Description

As one of the BHC Officers, the Secretary assists in overseeing the ongoing administration of the BHC and executing the policies that have been decided upon by the Trustees. The Secretary ensures that BHC records are safely archived and updated as needed, so that can be accessed when appropriate.

Each year, the Secretary is responsible for:

  • Sitting on the executive committee
    • The committee is responsible for handling urgent situations that may arise in between the Trustees' meetings.
  • Maintaining the administrative files of the BHC
  • Conducting routine correspondence, including
    • ensuring that the time and location of the annual members meeting is disseminated to the members in a timely and effective fashion, usually no later than at the preceding annual meeting
  • Coordinating member affairs, including communications to the membership
  • Presenting a brief report at the annual members meeting
  • Attending and taking minutes at Trustees’ meetings and the annual members meeting
  • Notifying members of the date and location of annual meetings no later than the prior annual meeting
  • Coordinating elections in timely fashion
    •  Receive nominations and nominee bios from the nominating committee
    • Create the online ballot at least two months prior to the annual members meeting
    • Ensure voting is secure
    • Notify membership of election processes & deadlines
    • Tabulate election results & communicate results to membership and candidates
    • managing any other ballot process, such a voting on bylaw amendments
  • Serving as a liaison between the Officers, the Trustees, the standing committees, prize committees, and any ad hoc committees, and the members
    • Inform the President-Elect of the responsibilities associated with that position
    • Inform the President of the responsibilities associated with that position
    • Inform the Past-President of responsibilities associated with chairing the nominating committee
    • Advise and support the Director of the Doctoral Colloquium as appropriate
    • Notify trustees of meetings (10 days prior to an ad hoc meeting, four weeks prior to regular meetings) and ensure that the relevant committee reports and other documents reach the trustees sufficiently in advance of said meeting (ideally two weeks in advance)
    • Shortly after the annual meeting inform each committee chair of the committee’s membership, responsibilities, and timetable for completion of mandated tasks
    • Monitor as needed the standing, prize, and ad hoc committees so that they remain on schedule for their particular responsibilities
  • Serving as a nonvoting advisor to the Program Committee(s)
  • Undertaking other appropriate tasks as agreed by the Trustees




Vacancy for a researcher within the project "Hidden Companies of the Global Economy"

Job Announcement

NTNU Trondheim, Norway has a vacancy for a researcher for a 9-month position within the project "The Hidden Companies of the Global Economy: the Development of Global Commodity Traders, 1945-2015", funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and NTNU. The project explores the historical importance of commodity trading companies after 1945. See the project website  for more information about the project.

The project investigates the development of global commodity traders after 1945. Secretive and anonymous, a handful of large companies dominate the trading of the basic commodities that the modern world needs to function. Due to their low profile, these companies have been characterized as the “hidden companies” of the global economy. This project focuses on the history of specialized trading companies to increase our understanding of the historical development of the global flow of resources and of economic globalization.

The researcher will work closely with Professor Espen Storli and contribute towards the full project by developing a subproject analyzing issues relating to the historical development of commodity trading companies. To receive a full description of the Hidden Companies research project, please contact Espen Storli ( Any other inquiries concerning the posts may also be directed to him.

Applications should preferably hold a PhD in history or closely related fields, but applicants with an MA in history will also be considered. In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on candidates with active research portfolios.

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1108 or 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 460 000,- – 615 000,- before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

The application must include:

  • A cover letter including a statement of interest and motivation.
  • A project proposal of not more than three pages outlining the research agenda and how the researcher will contribute towards the Hidden Companies project
  • A full CV and list of publications
  • Electronic copies of relevant publications
  • The names and e-mail addresses of two references.

Application deadline: September 15th, 2020

For more information, see:

Launch of the Financial History Network and webinar series

Call For Papers

Dear colleagues,

We want to inform you about the launch of the Financial History Network (@financialhist) and its webinar series. The network aims to promote scholarship in the fields of financial history and the history of finance, broadly defined. The network will launch a webinar series in September 2020 to provide a space for the presentation and discussion of works in progress, dissertation chapters, or R&R manuscripts. The webinars are open to scholars primarily from a qualitative perspective, willing to engage in productive conversations by providing supportive and constructive comments to peers. 

We are currently looking for presenters and attendees to get things moving forward. We especially welcome submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of minority groups, scholars based in or working on under-represented geographies (such as Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia), and scholars from disciplines other than economics and history to participate in the webinar series. 

We are aware there are alternative outlets like the Bonn Macrohistory Seminars, the YSI Economic History Graduate Webinars, and the Virtual Economic History Seminars. We aim to complement these initiatives by giving prominence to works that employ a more qualitative or institutional perspective in the fields of financial, banking, monetary, and accounting history, the history and sociology of finance, and the history of capitalism. We are also open to other approaches.

If you are interested in taking part in this initiative, please fill in the form here. You will be able to choose whether you want to join as a presenter, a discussant, as a member of the audience, or to help organize future webinars.

The webinar sessions will take place once a month starting in September 2020 on Mondays, at 5 pm Frankfurt / 4 pm London / 12 pm Sao Paulo / 11 am New York / 10 am Mexico City.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo (Northumbria University (Newcastle), United Kingdom)

Manuel Bautista-González (Columbia University in the City of New York, United States)

Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa (Prifysgol Bangor University, United Kingdom)

Paula Vedoveli (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil)


Financial History Network

Website / Twitter / Email

Join the network here.

New position/fellowship available: Postdoctoral Scholar at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Job Announcement

Postdoctoral Scholar / Research Associate positionLloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Deadline: June 6th, 2020

The University of Southern California’s Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies seeks applicants for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Scholars with interests in founder perspectives and decision-making encouraged to apply, as are those with more specialized interests in the ethics, sociology, or history of entrepreneurship. Successful candidates will be expected to be in residence during the fellowship and to participate actively in the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. During their term, fellows will actively collaborate with Greif Center faculty and contribute to the Center’s fellowship program in addition to conducting and publishing their own research. Moreover, the fellow may be given the option of teaching part of or all of 1-2 entrepreneurship courses per, year if qualified, with mentoring provided in this teaching role. The postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Professor Dan Wadhwani. Interested candidates are welcome to contact Professor Wadhwani at with questions.

The Greif Center is among the nation's leaders in entrepreneurship education and research. Its faculty includes a diverse mix of researchers and practitioners. The Greif Center is one of the organizers of the West Coast Entrepreneurship Research Symposium and the sponsor of the Greif Entrepreneurship Research Impact Award -- given annually at the Academy of Management conference. In addition to offering courses in the school's undergraduate and MBA programs, we offer specialized graduate degrees in social entrepreneurship (MSSE) and innovation (MSEI).

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must have completed their PhD within the last three years. They must also demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship, broadly conceived, and its dynamic role economies and societies.  We welcome applicants from a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds. Candidates will be expected to participate in at least one existing research project while also having time to continue developing their own research.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae, specifying research, teaching, and work experience
  • Research statement (One page)
  • Teaching statement (One page)
  • List of at least two references

For more information on the USC Marshall School of Business, visit To apply, click here.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years

Minimum Experience: 0-1 year


New project website available: American Predatory Lending

Research Tool or Resource

A team of 15 students and 2 UNC students – most undergrads, but also grad/professional students in law, public policy, business, and interdisciplinary data science -- at Duke University, led by Lee Reiners (Director of the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law School), Joseph Smith (former North Carolina Commissioner of Banks), and Debbie Goldstein (Director of the Duke-North Carolina Forum) just launched a new website on North Carolina's predatory lending practices pre 2008 with data visualizations, oral histories, and policy analyses. The project will continue next year.

Visit the website here:

Also, an official announcement for the project from Duke University and Duke Law School came out on May 8th:

Survey of business historians asking them: "who are the greatest entrepreneurs" in U.S. history?

Research Tool or Resource


Dear BHC members:

I am joining with Blaine McCormick (Baylor University) to conduct a third survey of business historians asking them "who are the greatest entrepreneurs" in U.S. history? The first two surveys appeared in these outlets: 

Business History Review (2003):

Cogent Business and Management (2013); also appeared in Forbes: 

The first survey asked 58 business historians, the second survey asked 41. For the third survey, which we will send out in January 2021, we would like to ensure broader participation. Toward that end, we welcome volunteers who are business historians who teach or research the U.S. If you are interested, please email me at with a CV and a short statement of your credentials.

Best regards, 

Jonathan Bean

Chair and Professor of History

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, IL 62901-4519