Prof. Hartmut BerghoffHistory of consumption, business history, history of globalization, nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Hartmut Berghoff is an economic and social historian. He is the director of the Institute of Economic and Social History at the University of Göttingen. From 2008 to 2015 he was the director of the German Historical Institute, an independent center for advanced study in Washington D.C. Prior to his time in Washington he worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg), Harvard Business School, and at the Maison des sciences de l’homme[ in Paris.
His work is focused on business history, immigration studies and the history of consumption from the 19th to the 21st century. In all these fields the transnational dimension is key to understanding the genesis and the working of the modern world. He currently supervises a PhD-thesis on the global history of rubber by Bastian Linneweh. Most recently Berghoff has worked on the global history of white-collar crime and on the environmental history of Western corporations. His most recent books are co-edited volumes: Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017 and The Consumer on the Home Front: World War II Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.