Marianne S. Wokeck is Chancellor’s Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she teaches early American history and directs the Institute for American Thought. She was educated in Germany and the United States. Her major research interests in the history of the North Atlantic World (1600-1800) focus on immigration and ethnicity, including the role of religion in defining identity, and also on scholarly editing. Those interests are reflected in her publications as author and editor (Trade in Strangers; The Papers of William Penn; Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania; The Works of George Santayana; and Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies []).

Academic interests

American history, colonial and Revolutionary history, history of the Atlantic world 1500-1800, immigration and ethnicity, and women's history, scholarly editing.


  • Early American history,
  • immigration and ethnic history,
  • women's history,
  • documentary editing


  • Chancellor's Professor 2009,
  • Outstanding Female Leader 2013,
  • Alwin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring 1996,
  • Oustanding Academic Advisor 1993, 1997, 2005,
  • IU Teaching Excellence Recognition Award 1997,
  • National Endowment for the Humanities grants (Biographical Dictionary of Early Pennsylvania Legislators, 1986-91,
  • The Works of George Santayana, 2003-6),
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar (Germany) 1997-98,
  • and Outstanding Female Faculty 2003, 2004.


  • Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America (Penn State University Press 1999),
  • (editor and author)Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, vol. 1 (University of Pennsylvania Press 1991),
  • (editor) The Papers of William Penn vols. 3-4 (University of Pennsylvania Press 1986, 1987),
  • numerous articles in scholarly books and journals,
  • and (editor with others) The Letters of George Santayana, volume 5 in 8 books and Life of Reason volume 7 in 5 books of The Works of George Santayana (MIT Press).


Active involvement in faculty governance (numerous committees and task forces on the departmental, school, campus, and university levels; most recently president of the IUPUI Faculty Council and co-chair of the University Faculty Council of Indiana University (2015-2016).