Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History

This prize consists of a $500 award (endowed) and a plaque. Only dissertations written in English will be considered. The Secretary-Treasurer will post notices about the prize in suitable newsletters, journals, guides, electronic media, and in the BHC's call for conference papers. Any dissertation in business history completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the annual meeting can be nominated or considered, but may be submitted only once for the committee's consideration.

The deadline for proposals for the Krooss prize is 1 October. Nominations (or self-nominations) are to consist of a cover letter, the dissertation abstract, and the author's c.v. and are to be uploaded using this form: krooss-prize-nomination.

The prize committee is to consist of three members, one of whom will be the chair. Each member serves a three-year term, rotating onto the committee as junior member, then becoming chair, and then exiting after serving a final year as senior member. The Chair of the Krooss Prize Committee shall preside over the entire process and chair the plenary dissertation session at the BHC annual meeting. The committee will screen the materials from the nomination process and from these nominations draw up a short list of dissertations (roughly, 8 to 10) that the committee will consider as semifinalists. Authors will be notified and asked to send each committee member a copy of his or her dissertation. From these the committee will narrow the candidates down to no more than five finalists, who are to present their dissertations at the annual meeting. Selection of the winner is to be determined by the committee either prior to or following the presentations by finalists selected by the committee, depending on the committee's preference.

Herman Krooss
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong
"Networks of Capital: German Bankers and the Financial Internationalisation of China (1885-1919)"
University of Cambridge, 2017
Hans van de Ven
University of Montana
“From Buckskin to Gore-Tex: Consumption as a Path to Mastery in Twentieth-Century American Wilderness Recreation".
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
William Cronon
Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis
"Intangible Inventions: A History of Software Patenting in the United States, 1945-1985"
Yale University, 2016
Daniel J. Kevles
Professor of Law, Georgetown University
"City of Debtors: Law, Loan Sharks, and the Shadow Economy of Urban Poverty, 1900-1970"
University of Pennsylvania, 2014
Sarah Barringer Gordon
University of Virginia
"Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World, 1860-1930"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
David Kaiser
University of British Columbia
"Magic Connections: German News Agencies and Global News Networks, 1905-1945"
Harvard University
Charles Maier
Assistant Professor of History, University of California-Berkeley
"From Memory to Mastery: Accounting for Control in America, 1740-1880"
Harvard University, 2012
Sven Beckert and Claudia Goldin
University of Manchester
"Selling Paris: Real Estate and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-Siècle Capital
University of Chicago, 2010
Leora Auslander
"The Science of Difference: Developing Tools for Discrimination in the American Life Insurance Industry, 1830-1930"
Princeton University, 2009
Daniel T. Rodgers
University of New Hampshire
"The Good Consumer: Credit Reporting and the Invention of Financial Identity in the United States, 1840-1940"
University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Carolyn Marvin
University of California, Los Angeles
"Your Job is Your Credit: Creating a Market for Loans to Salaried Employees in New York City, 1885-1920"
University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
Naomi Lamoreaux
Cornell University
"Debtor Nation: How Consumer Credit Built Postwar America"
Harvard University, 2007
Lizabeth Cohen
Department of History, University of Georgia
"The Soul of the Service Economy: Wal-Mart and the Making of Christian Free Enterprise, 1929-1994"
Yale University, 2006
Glenda Gilmore
The York Management School, University of York
"Trucking Country: Food Politics and the Transformation of Rural Life in Postwar America"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
Deborah K. Fitzgerald


Independent Scholar
Fellow: Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
"Shaped by Risk: The American Fire Insurance Industry, 1790-1920"
Johns Hopkins University, 2004
Louis Galambos


University of Strathclyde
"State Subsidies and the Sources of Company Finance in Italian Industrial Districts, 1951-1991"
London School of Economics
Max-Stephan Schulze
Department of History, University of Delaware
"Civic Beauty: Beauty Culturists and the Politics of African American Female Entrepreneurship, 1900-1965"
Rutgers University
Deborah Gray White
Lecturer in Economic History and Management, London School of Economics
"Entertainment Industrialized: The Emergence of the International Film Industry, 1890-1940"
European University Institute, 2001
Jaime Reis
Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
"A Nation of Realtors: The Professionalization of Real Estate Brokerage and the Construction of a New Middle Class"
University of Maryland, 2001
Reader in Business History & Strategy, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Fellow & Tutor, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
"The World's Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century"
Johns Hopkins University, 2000
Louis Galambos
Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, Professor Design Studies Department, University of Wisconsin
"Standard Bearers: Material Culture and Middle-Class Communities at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"
Yale University, 1999
Jean-Christophe Agnew
University of California, Los Angeles
"Fueling the Fires of Genius: Women's Inventive Activities in American War Eras"
University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
Mary Yeager
North Carolina State University
"New Technology, New People, New Organizations: The Rise of the MOS Transistor, 1945-1975"
Princeton University, 1998
Michael S. Mahoney
Honors College, University of Texas, San Antonio
"Wine, Work, and Wealth: Class Relations and Modernization in the Champagne Wine Industry, 1870-1914"
Indiana University, 1996
William Cohen
Leadership Chair in the History of Business and Society
Professor of Business History
School of History, University of Leeds, UK
"Imagining Consumers: Manufacturers and Markets in Ceramics and Glass, 1865-1965"
University of Delaware, 1995
David A. Hounshell and Anne M. Boylan
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
"Beyond the Broker State: A History of the Federal Government's Policies toward Small Business, 1936-61"
The Ohio State University, 1994
Mansel Blackford, K. Austin Kerr, and William Childs
University of California, Los Angeles
"Building an American Book Trade: Philadelphia Publishing in the New Republic"
University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
Joyce Appleby
American Bar Foundation
"Cooperatives and Corporations: The Sun-Maid Antitrust Case and the Legal Status of Agricultural Cooperatives, 1890-1943"
University of California at Berkeley, 1990
Harry N. Scheiber and Morton Rothstein
Michigan Census Research Data Center and Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
"Information Systems and Internal Organization: A Study of the Dow Chemical Company, 1890-1914"
Yale University, 1991
William N. Parker and David F. Weiman
Henry Kaufman Chair in Financial History and Associate Professor, University of Maryland
"Selling Power: Marketing and Monopoly at Boston Edison, 1886-1926"
Brandeis University
Morton Keller and Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
Columbia University
professor of history and communications
"Spreading the Word: The Postal System and the Creation of American Society"
Harvard University, 1989
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., and David Herbert Donald
University of California Washington Center
"State Intervention and Industrialization: The Origins of the Brazilian Automotive Industry"
Yale University, 1988
William N. Parker and Albert Fishlow
History Department, University of Texas at Austin
"Farmers as Entrepreneurs: Regulation and Innovation in American Agriculture in the Twentieth Century"
Brown University, 1987
Naomi Lamoreaux
Rutgers Business School
"From Conflict to Consensus: The American Institute of Accountants and the Professionalization of Public Accountancy, 1886-1940"
Johns Hopkins University, 1985
Louis Galambos