Catherine Schenk Appointed Visiting Professor of Financial History 2020

Catherine Schenk, University of Oxford, will hold the Visiting Professorship for Financial History at Goethe University’s House of Finance in Spring/Summer 2020. The professorship is endowed by Metzler Bank and the Friedrich Flick Förderungsstiftung.

Catherine Schenk is Professor of Economic and Social History at the Faculty of History and Professorial Fellow of St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on monetary and financial relations since 1945 with a particular emphasis on East Asia and the United Kingdom.

She is the author of several books, among others on “International Economic Relations since 1945” and on “The Decline of Sterling”, and is co-editor of the “Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History”. As a co-author, she has contributed to the book “Deutsche Bank: The Global Hausbank 1870-2020”, which is due to be released in March 2020. Her most recent research interests include international banking regulation since the 1960s, the accumulation and restructuring of sovereign debt, as well as the transitions between international currency systems in the 1970s and 1980s.

After completing an undergraduate and a Masters degree at the University of Toronto in Economics, International Relations and Chinese Studies, Catherine Schenk obtained a PhD in Economic History at the London School of Economics.  Since then she has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Glasgow.  She has been a visiting professor at Nankai University, China, and Hong Kong University.  In addition, she was a visiting researcher at the International Monetary Fund and at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research and was the Lamfalussy Senior Research Fellow at the Bank for International Settlements in 2019. She is Associate Fellow in International Economics at Chatham House, London .

During her stay in Frankfurt in Spring/Summer 2020, Catherine Schenk will give a seminar on 'Topics in International Money and Banking since 1945' in the Ph.D. program of the University’s Graduate School GSEFM at the House of Finance. She will also organize an international conference at Goethe-University dealing with international banking networks and financial stability.

Catherine Schenk is the sixth holder of the Goethe University Visiting Professorship of Financial History. In the context of this professorship, distinguished international experts in banking and financial history are invited to share their research insights and methods with researchers, students and members of the public in Frankfurt. Cooperation partners are the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE at the House of Finance and the Institut für Bank- und Finanzgeschichte. Previous Visiting Professors include Benjamin Friedman, Harvard University (2015), Caroline Fohlin, Emory University, Atlanta (2016), Hans-Joachim Voth, University of Zurich (2017), Harold James, Princeton University (2018) and Barry Eichengreen, University of Berkeley (2019). The Visiting Professorship was initially endowed by Metzler Bank and Edmond de Rothschild Group in 2014 on the occasion of Goethe University’s centennial. Since 2018 it has been sponsored by Metzler Bank and the Friedrich Flick Förderungsstiftung.