William H. Becker, Ph.D.

Dr. William H. Becker is Principal of the Business History Group and Professor of History at The George Washington University. He also has appointments in the School of Business and Public Management. He is a past president of the Business History Conference, the international society devoted to the history of business. An expert on business-government relations and foreign policy, he has worked with the World Bank, the Export-Import Bank, and the U.S. Department of Justice, The Business Roundtable and the National Petroleum Council on history projects. He has also consulted with the law firms of Arnold & Porter and Shaw and Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, as well as for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AT&T, and the Astra/Merck Group. 

 Dr. Becker holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Becker’s publications include Eisenhower and the Cold War Economy: Economic Policy Making in the 1950s (2011); Bankers With a Mission: The Presidents of the World Bank, 1946-1991 (1996) and The Dynamics of Business-Government Relations: Industry and Exports, 1893-1921 (1982), which won the Newcomen Award for the Outstanding Book in Business History.


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