Financial History

Endowed Visiting Professorship "Financial History" at the House of Finance of the Goethe University Frankfurt

The endowed guest professorship "Financial History" at the House of Finance was founded in 2014 and is supported by Bankhaus B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG as well as Friedrich Flick Förderungsstiftung, the latter having replaced Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management as sponsor in 2018. It aims to provide international impulses for research in and teaching of financial history at the House of Finance, which offers numerous opportunities for research from a perspective of financial history.

The endowed visiting professorship strengthens existing links with top international research in the field of financial history and fosters, not least, the dissemination of know-how regarding the collection and interpretation of long-term data. In an annually changing rhythm the visiting scholars become part of the research community at the House of Finance for a couple of weeks/months and enrich the curriculum of the Graduate School of Economics, Finance and Management. Their stay at  Goethe-University is accompanied by events with strong public attendance, bringing together academics, students and representatives of financial practice and regulation interested in the long-term perspective. The Frankfurt Institute for Banking and Financial History (IBF) supports the endowed guest professorship as a cooperation partner.

Visiting professors


Eugene W. White, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. Seminar SS 2023 on “A Perspective on the Causes of American Financial Crises” Public lecture, June 28, 2023 “Is Crypto a Bubble? A Historical Perspective”. Conference, June 29, 2023 “New Lessons from the Archives: The Evolving History of Central Banking". Lunch Talk June 30, 2023 "Women Bankers in Ninenteenth Century America".


Catherine R. Schenk, Professor of Economic and Social History at St Hilda's College, Oxford (The Endowed Visiting Professorship, originally dated 2020, was partially postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic). Conference "International Banking Networks: Sources of Stability or Instability? Evidence from the Past and Present", April 22, 2021, course SS 2022: "Topics in International Money and Banking since 1945, June 29, 2022 "Public lecture "Designing the Global Payments System: Telegraph to Tether", June 29 and 30, 2022 SAFE-IBF-HoF Workshop for Early Career Scholars "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. Teaching SS 2019 "Topics in Macroeconomic History," Workshop for Young Scholars "Financial History - Reflections on the Past to Tackle Today's Key Finance Questions", May 16, 2019, Conference "High Public Debt: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives", May 17, 2019.


Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor of European Studies, Professor of History and International Politics, and Director of the Contemporary European Politics and Society Program, Princeton University. SS 2018 course "Thinking About Financial History," lecture course "The Euro and the Battle of Economic Ideas," May 28, 2018; Conference "Lehman - 10 Years After", June 8, 2018.


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


Caroline Fohlin, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta. Teaching SS 2016 "Comparative Financial Systems and Economic development," Comparative Financial Systems conference, June 17, 2016.


Benjamin M. Friedman, William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University, Cambridge/MA, Course SS 2015 "Religious Influences on Economic Thinking:

The Evolution of Modern Economics From Adam Smith to Today," lecture course "Religious Influences on Economic Thinking: How the West Came to Believe in Markets," October 13, 2014, conference "Debt - Economic, Political and Moral Consequences," June 24, 2015.