Visiting Professors

Financial History

The Visiting Professorship of Financial History was established at the House of Finance in 2014. This professorship endowed by Metzler Bank and Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (2014 to 2017) / Metzler Bank and Friedrich Flick Förderungsstiftung (since 2017) brings renowned international scholars in financial history to Frankfurt on an annually rotating basis. In addition to teaching courses, financial history visiting professors take part in lectures and conferences hosted at the House of Finance, which are avidly attended by students, researchers, financial market professionals. They also make an important contribution to the House of Finance’s research activities e. g. historical data projects, in part by enhancing the ties to the international research community.

The Frankfurt-based Institute for Banking and Financial History IBF supports the professorship as a cooperative partner.

Visiting Professors

Eugene W. White, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. Seminar: “A History of American Financial Crises”; public lecture on 28 June 2023: “Is Crypto a Bubble? A Historical Perspective”; conference on 30 June 2023: “New Lessons from the Archives: The Evolving History of Central Banking”; lunch talk on 30 June 2023: “Women Bankers in Nineteenth Century America.”

Catherine R. Schenk, Professor of Economic and Social History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford (Originally scheduled for 2020, Prof. Schenk’s visiting professorship was postponed due to the pandemic.) Conference on 22 April 2021: “International Banking Networks: Sources of Stability or Instability? Evidence from the Past and Present”; SS 2022 course: “Topics in International Money and Banking since 1945”; public lecture event on 29 June 2022: “Designing the Global Payments System: Telegraph to Tether”; SAFE/IBF/HoF Workshop for Early Career Scholars on 29–30 June 2022: “International Banking and Finance in Troubled Times: Reflections from the Past.”

Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. SS 2019 course: “Topics in Macroeconomic History”; Workshop for Young Scholars on 16 May 2019: “Financial History – Reflections on the Past to Tackle Today’s Key Finance Questions”; conference on 17 May 2019: “High Public Debt: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives.”

Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies; Professor of History and International Affairs; and Director of the Contemporary European Politics and Society Program, Princeton University. SS 2018 course: “Thinking About Financial History”; lecture on 28 May 2018: “The Euro and the Battle of Economic Ideas”; conference on 8 June 2018: “Lehman – 10 Years After.”

Hans-Joachim Voth, UBS Professor of Macroeconomics and Financial Markets, University of Zurich, WS 2017/18 course:  “Financial Crises – Past, Present, Future”; public lecture on 18 October 2017: “The Bubble Dilemma: Asset Prices in Historical Perspective”; conference on 26 January 2018: “The Real Effects of Financial Crises.”

Caroline Fohlin, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta. SS 2016 course: “Comparative Financial Systems and Economic Development”; conference on 17 June 2016: “Comparative Financial Systems.”

Benjamin M. Friedman, William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University. SS 2015 course: “Religious Influences on Economic Thinking: The Evolution of Modern Economics From Adam Smith to Today”; lecture event on 13 October 2014: “Religious Influences on Economic Thinking: How the West Came to Believe in Markets”; conference on 24 June 2015: “Debt – Economic, Political and Moral Consequences.”