Current Council Members


Ray Stokes

Ray Stokes, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Ray Stokes has held the established Chair of Business History in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow since February 2005, and the Directorship of the Centre for Business History in Scotland since November of the same year. He joined the Department in 1995, moving from the post of Associate Professor (with tenure) of History in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York), where he had taught since 1987. He has also taught at the Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) and at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio). He has published three single-authored monographs (Divide and Prosper, University of California Press, 1988; Opting for Oil, Cambridge University Press, 1994 [paperback edition, 2006]; and Constructing Socialism: Technology and Change in East Germany, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000). More recently, he has co-authored three additional books (The Chemistry must be right, Edition Leipzig, 2001 [German edition, 2000]; Faktor Öl, Beck, 2003; and German Industry and Global Enterprise, Cambridge University Press, 2004 [German edition, 2002].

With a long-time teaching interest in comparative history of business and technology, he is now starting a number of comparative research projects, including one on the waste management industry in the United Kingdom and Germany, and one on the history of the international industrial gases industry.

Stokes is also the co-editor of the Routledge International Studies in Business History and a member of the council of the European Business History Association. From 2008, he is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business History/Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgechichte).