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Job Posting: Project Associate at the GHI

The German Historical Institute jn Washington, DC (GHI) is seeking a full-time Project Associate for its collaborative research project, Immigrant Entrepreneurship. The multi-year project is aimed at fostering research into two cornerstones of the American experience, immigration and entrepreneurship. It will feature a published collection—in print and online—of ca. 250 biographical essays of first- and second-generation German-American business people. By synthesizing the diverse fields of business history, entrepreneurship research, migration history, and German-American studies, Immigrant Entrepreneurship will make a significant contribution to a wide array of academic disciplines and offer unique tools for research and teaching. Further information about the project can be found at

The Project Associate will
  • seek contributors and commission essays for Volume I: "From the Colonial Economy to Early Industrialization (1720-1840)" and Volume II: "The Emergence of an Industrial Nation (1840-1893)"
  • be the GHI liaison between the volume editors and the contributors, providing for a smooth flow of information between all parties involved and ensuring the scholarly quality and timely delivery of all essays and materials
  • help locate images and additional visual material for Volumes I and II, including copyright clearance
  • copyedit essays in Volumes I and II
  • post essays on the project website, including assigning metadata
  • assist with convening project-related conferences, workshops, panels and events
  • perform other project-related tasks as needed (assist with further research, fact-check, etc.)
M.A. degree in a pertinent discipline (History, Business History, Migration Studies or a related field) or equivalent
strong writing skills in English; knowledge of German a plus
excellent communication and teamwork skills
valid U.S. work permit
Applicants should email a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) and the names and contact information of two professional references in PDF format by June 10, 2011, to Prof. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff, Director, at Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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