William Becker

Emeritus Faculty


William H. Becker teaches and writes about business history, business-government relations, and the institutions of the international economy. He is the coauthor of Eisenhower and the Cold War Economy: Economic Policy Making in the 1950s (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). His media appearances have included National Public Radio, the Voice of America, and the International Herald Tribune Television. 

Complete C.V. (PDF)

HIST 6031: History of International Economic Systems

HIST 6322: American Business History

Eisenhower and the Cold War Economy: Economic Policy Making in the 1950s. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. Co-authored with William M. McClenahan, Jr.

The Market, the State, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 1934-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Co-authored with William M. McClenahan, Jr.

Voice of the Marketplace: A History of the National Petroleum Council. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003. Co-authored with Joseph A. Pratt and William M. McClenahan, Jr.

Bankers With a Mission: The Presidents of the World Bank, 1946-1991. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Co-authored with Jochen Kraske, Louis Galambos, and William Diamond.

Editor, The Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, 9 Volumes. New York: Bruccoli-Clark-Layman and Facts on File, Inc., 1986-94.

From the Atlantic to the Great Lakes: A History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Washington, DC: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1984.

Economics and World Power: An Assessment of American Diplomacy Since 1789. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984. Co-edited with Samuel F. Wells, Jr.

The Dynamics of Business-Government Relations: Industry and Exports, 1893-1921. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1969