Dr. William H. Becker

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Dr. William H. Becker is Professor of History at The George Washington University where he also holds an appointment in the School of Business and Public Management. He received his Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University. His writing has focused on the history of business and business-government relations.

He is a past president of the Business History Conference, the American-based international society devoted to the history of business. His published books include The Dynamics of Business-Government Relations: Industry and Exports, 1893-1921 (University of Chicago Press, 1982), which won the 1982 Newcomen Award for the Outstanding Book in Business History, 1979-1982. He was also the general editor of the multi-volume Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography. His latest book is The Market, the State, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 1934-2000, coauthored with William M. McClenahan Jr.

He has served as a consultant on historical projects for several law firms (Arnold & Porter and Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge), as well as for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AT&T, Astra/Merck Group, The Business Roundtable, Coopers & Lybrand, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the National Petroleum Council, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the World Bank Group.