I was educated as an electrical engineer (B.S in Zurich), with a MBA in international business and a Ph.D in Economics (from UC Berkeley). My interests have evolved from electrical engineering to operations research, to international business and political economy, and to economic development in the Third World.
My current research is on international commodity chains as an alternative way to understand international economics and who gains from trade. I have presented papers at academic conferences in Brazil, Britain and the United States. I work with the School of the Americas at the University City of London (UCL).
I often work with my students in joint research projects. A chapter in a forthcoming book by Routledge on consumption is with two undergraduate students in Economics and examines critically how the American family is represented in magazine advertisements during the 1920s and 1930s.
I also have a keen interest in Economic history and more recently, international immigration (in which I am reaching a new course this semester on International Immigration Then and Now). I have developed courses in both these fields and have on-going research projects in them. I am also beginning to write a book on the socio-economic history of a fascinating small Baroque city located in southeastern Sicily.
Ph.D., Economics, University of California - Berkeley
M.B.A., International Economics, University of California - Berkeley
M.B.A., Business Administration, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
M.Sc., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, University of Zurich
Herold, M. W. (2015). Nineteenth-Century Bahia's Passion for British Salted Cod: From the Seas of Newfoundland to the Portuguese Shops of Salvador's Cidade Baixa, 1822-1914. Commodity Histories. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/econ_facpub/12
Herold, M. W. (2014). A paixao da Bahia pelo bacalhau salgado inglesa: dos mares de Terra Nova as lojas portuguesas da Cidade Baixa de Salvador, 1822-1914 [Bahia’s Passion for British Salted-Cod: From the Seas of Newfoundland to the Portuguese Shops of Salvador’s Cidade Baixa, 1822-1914]. Revista do Instituto Geografico e Historico da Bahia. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/econ_facpub/13
Herold, M. W. (2013). The Black Diamonds of Bahia (Carbonados) and the Building of Euro-America: A Half-century Supply Monopoly (1880s-1930s). Commodity Histories. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/econ_facpub/14
Herold, M. W. (2011). Analyza: Towards an Understanding of the Twenty-year Afghan war (1999-2009) and America’s unipolar moment. Euro-Atlantic Quarterly. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/econ_facpub/18
Herold, M. W. (2011). Eid Gul fue solo uno de los 69 afganos asesinados por las fuerzas de Estados Unidas y la OTAN durante diciembre de 2010. Rebelion.org. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/econ_facpub/19
Herold, M. W. (2002). US bombing and Afghan civilian deaths: the official neglect of ‘unworthy’ bodies. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 26(3), 626-634. doi:10.1111/1468-2427.00406