Engel received his PhD with a dissertation on the emergence of modern markets in the global dye business, Farben der Globalisierung: Die Entstehung moderner Märkte für Farbstoffe 1500-1900 (2009). He has co-authored a volume on the price history of pre-modern times Preisgeschichte der vorindustriellen Zeit (2006). His research interests include the history of markets, business history, history of capitalism, history of globalization, and the history of economic knowledge. Currently, he works on a history of futures exchanges and risk in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Engel currently teaches at the Institute for Economic and Social History at Göttingen University. As a Kennedy fellow, he was in residence at Harvard's Center for European Studies during the academic year 2011-2012.
Please visit his current homepage at Göttingen University.