Dr. Ines Prodöhl

Ines Prodöhl

Research Fellow
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

In her research and teaching Ines Prodöhl specializes in global economic and transcultural history. Her current research project analyzes the history of soy in the first half of the twentieth century, focusing both on soy's economic significance and on cultural attitudes towards it in Northeast China, Europe, and the United States.

Prodöhl received her Ph.D. in history in 2008 from the University of Heidelberg for a thesis on encyclopedias and general knowledge between politics and business. The thesis was awarded the Ruprecht Karl Prize in 2009 as one of the University of Heidelberg's five outstanding dissertations in all fields of research and was published as a book by the Akademie Verlag under the title Die Politik des Wissens. Allgemeine deutsche Enzyklopädien zwischen 1928 und 1956. Ines Prodöhl is also co-editor of Entangled Histories: The Transcultural Past of Northeast China (Springer).

Main Areas of Interest

  • 19th and 20th century European and Global History
  • History of Food and Agriculture
  • Economic and Business History
  • History of Knowledge and Media

GHI Research Project

  • The Miracle Bean? The Soybean in Global Perspective, 1870s - 1960s read on...

Professional Positions

since 2008:Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
2005-2008:Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Department of History, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2002-2005:Research Fellow, Department of German Studies and Department of History, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Interdisciplinary scientific project: "All you need to know – Les labyrinthes du Savoir – Allgemeinwissen und Gesellschaft"