Adam Bisno

Guest Scholar

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009

Biographical Summary

Adam Bisno is a historian of Germany and the United States. He completed his PhD in history at Johns Hopkins University. The dissertation, titled “Hotel Berlin: The Politics of Commercial Hospitality in the German Metropolis, 1875–1945,” won the 2018 Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize. The book version––his current project––is under contract with Cambridge University Press and will appear in the series “Publications of the German Historical Institute.”

His next project focuses on conflict and cooperation in the development of international intellectual property protections among the industrializing countries of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

As the official historian of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Bisno also pursues public-historical projects that transpose the work of academic historians for a popular audience.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern Germany
  • Transatlantic history of intellectual property protection
  • Business history
  • Liberalism and labor relations
  • Urban history
  • Public history