Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Social and Economic History

Dr. habil. Martin Lutz

Dr. habil. Martin Lutz
research assistant
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Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Philosophische Fakultät → Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften → Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Visiting address
Friedrichstraße 191-193 , Room 5102
Phone number
(030) 2093-70574
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Martin Lutz is currently on leave as interim professor for the History of Modern Societies at Bielefeld University.




I am a social and economic historian interested in the interplay of ideas (broadly defined) and institutions in the modern world. My previous research includes German-Soviet business relations during the Weimar Republic, kinship in transnational entrepreneurial families and the role of religion in American capitalism. In my current project, I look at the role of Anabaptist religion in Mennonite, Amish and Hutterite economic development in industrial American between 1865 and 1980. Educated at Konstanz University, I joined Humboldt University’s Department of History in 2012. I teach courses for the BA and MA History, MA Global History and MA European History programs.


Office hours Mondays 2pm-3pm or upon request (Friedrichstr. 191-193, office 5102)


Areas of Research and Teaching

Economic, Social and Business History of the 19th and 20th centuries in Germany, Russia/Soviet Union, USA and Canada; Globalization History; Religion and Economy; Institutional Theory

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Recently published

Lutz, Martin. “Utopia and Moral Economy.” In The Oxford Handbook of Thomas More's Utopia. Edited by Cathy Shrank and Phil Withington, 596–613. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023.

Skambraks, Tanja/Martin Lutz, eds. Reassessing the Moral Economy: Religion and Economic Ethics from Ancient Greece to the 20th Century (Palgrave studies in economic history). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. Therein:



Habilitation, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2023

Ph.D., summa cum laude, History, University of Konstanz, 2009

M.A., History and Political Science University of Konstanz, 2004

Berlin Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education, 2015

Visiting fellowships at University of California Los Angeles, German Historical Institute Washington D.C., Columbia University, Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU Moscow)


Current Service to the Profession

Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (JAPAS), editorial board member

Arbeitskreis für kritische Unternehmens- und Industriegeschichte (AKKU, Association for Critical Business History), member of managing board (first-generation university students), mentor

Weber Scholars Network, member





Edited Volume and Special Issue


Reviewed Journal Articles (selected)


Handbook Chapters

  • Lutz, Martin. Elektroindustrie.” In Deutsche Wirtschaft im Ersten Weltkrieg. Edited by Marcel Boldorf, 227–50. Handbücher zur Wirtschaftsgeschichte. München, Wien: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2020.
  • Lutz, Martin. “Religion und Wirtschaft.” In Handbuch Religionssoziologie. Edited by Detlef Pollack et al., 715–40. Veröffentlichungen der Sektion Religionssoziologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2018.


Media and Miscellaneous (selected)