Emerging Scholars 2014: Biographical Information
Michael Aldous is in the final year of his Ph.D., in the department of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Supervised by Gerben Bakker, his thesis is entitled "Avoiding Negligence and Profusion: Determining the Choice of Firm Ownership in the Anglo-Indian Trade from 1813 to 1870." His work explores the factors that determined an entrepreneur's choice of firm ownership and organization for conducting trade activities between Britain and India in the first half of the nineteenth century. This work draws on various theories of the firm, particularly transaction cost economics and principal-agent theory as an analytical framework.
David E. Andersson is half way through his Ph.D. in the Department of Business Administration at Linkouml;ping University, Sweden, with a master's degree in economics. His research focuses on early markets for technology, patent strategies, and the role of intermediaries (patent agents/ agencies) and patent departments in the early Swedish patent system, 1746-1914. He is especially interested in how patent agents influence the technological process and inventors' and firms' patenting and how changes in IPR legislation affect market trade in patents and technology. He is currently digitizing and creating a complete database of the Swedish patent system from 1746 to 1914 with complete information on all 45,000 patents granted during the period.
Justin Bengry completed his Ph.D. in British History and Feminist Studies at the University of California in 2010. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in History at McGill University, Canada. Justin's research focuses on the intersection of homosexuality and consumer capitalism in twentieth-century Britain, and he is currently revising a book manuscript titled "The Pink Pound: Queer Profits in Twentieth-Century Britain." He is a team member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, co-edits the blog "Notches: (re)marks on the History of Sexuality," is a convener of the IHR History of Sexuality Seminar in London, and tweets from @justinbengry.
Manuel Moisés Montás Betances is head of Economic Studies in the Consejo Económico y Social and professor of economic development, history, and thought at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in the in the Dominican Republic, where he completed graduate studies in economics, marketing, and business administration. An active member of the Caribbean Economic History Association (AHEC), he will complete his Ph.D. on "Foundations of Economic Development (Theory, History, and Institutions)" at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in March. His doctoral thesis concerns the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in the business history of the Dominican Republic, 1844-2000. Other research interests include Latin American business history, economic history, economic development, and the history of economic thought.
Carolyn Biltoft received her doctorate in modern world history from Princeton University in 2010. She has a broad interest in both the structural and conceptual effects of global integration as traceable in the history of international institutions, multinational corporations, and theories of political economy. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled "Governing Babel: The League of Nations and the Global Information Age." Her book project presents the League of Nations as not just a novel institutional form, but also as a site through which to analyze the emerging centrality of information to the nature and functioning of the global political economy. From questions of language, to economic intelligence and the standardization of nomen- clature, the League's archives demonstrate early evidence of the inherent fragilities of a global system wherein material life came to pivot increasingly on the immaterial world of data, credit, and communication flows.
Alexia Blin is a graduate student at the EHESS in Paris. She is currently working on a dissertation in American history, supervised by François Weil, entitled "Building a Middle Way, the Cooperative Movement in Wisconsin, 1890s-1930s." Her work investigates cooperation as an alternative way of doing business, in both its economic and political dimensions. She seeks to explore the importance of economic institutions in American society and economy between the Populist Era and the New Deal, and to understand how original types of business organizations are built.
Malin Dahlström is a doctoral candidate in economic history at the University of Gothenburg. She is in a group of cartel researchers and she is investigating the cartels in the limestone and cement industry in Sweden. Her dissertation, "The Limestone and Cement Industry in Sweden: A Study about Concentration, Rationalization, and Cooperation in Two Industries, 1890-1975," should be finished this year. She is working primarily with archival material from the different companies involved in the industry. During this fall and summer she plans to work on a comparison of her case with other countries such as the United States and Japan.
Nathan Delaney is a Ph.D. candidate at Case Western Reserve University studying global business, labor, and commodity networks since the nineteenth century. His dissertation, "Modes of Extraction: German and American Mining Interests in Mexico, 1848-1910," examines the social, environmental, and economic realities of non-ferrous metal mining in Mexico between the European (liberal) Revolution of 1848 and the Mexican (socialist) Revolution in 1910. Currently researching in Berlin on a DAAD Grant, Delaney will be moving to Washington D.C. this fall as the International Business History Fellow with the German Historical Institute.
Sarah Dietz completed her Ph.D. at the University of Bradford in 2013. A former textile designer, she explores in her thesis the nineteenth-century foreign direct investment of a British textile manufacturing firm near Warsaw. The study encompasses international trust-based dealing, technology transfer, and the impact of protectionism and political instability on business behavior. Currently preparing the research for publication under the title "British Entre-preneurship in Russian Poland, 1883-1945: A Case Study of Bradford Mills at Marki," Sarah will deliver a paper at the BHC conference that explores the role of the British consul in facilitating British-foreign direct investment in the nineteenth century.
Dan Du is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the University of Georgia. She is interested in business history, financial history, and the history of global capitalism. Her master's thesis is on Illinois free banking, a paper presented at the BHC in 2010. Her dissertation (in progress) on the Sino-American tea trade in the nineteenth century explores how the flow of bills on London banks, American cotton, and Chinese tea in the trilateral trade accelerated American capitalism and how tea consumption after American Independence witnessed the making of an American identity, particularly when compared with English and Chinese tea culture.
Manuel Duer is a research and teaching assistant in the Department of History at the University of Zurich. He is also a Ph.D. student in the doctoral program of the Center for the History of Knowledge (University of Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich); he is writing his dissertation on the making of antihypertensive drugs at Ciba (Basle), 1945 to c. 1975. Using a broad range of archival and published sources, the project attempts to reconstruct the intertwined biomedical, epidemiological, commercial, and political dis- courses and to shed new light on the constitutive era of the development of antihypertensive drugs in Europe and the United States. His research interests include business and economic history in the transatlantic context.
Andrew Edwards is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, studying the political economy of revolution in colonial America and the antebellum United States, focusing on sovereignty, property, and exchange. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from the School of General Studies of Columbia University, where he wrote a thesis on land speculation and sovereignty in the Early Republic with Elizabeth Blackmar and Mae Ngai. Andrew is currently researching how systems of credit, currency, and Atlantic exchange contributed to the Stamp Act Crisis and the American Revolution. A native of Humboldt County in Northern California, Andrew has lived most of his adult life in New York City, where he was a financial reporter, event producer, and baker. His hobbies include blues guitar and keeping his motorcycle running.
Rémi Gilardin is a graduate student at the European University Institute (Florence) in economic and business history. He also teaches economic history to undergraduates at the LSE. In his dissertation, supervised by Youssef Cassis, he conducts a comparative history of privatization in Britain and France, with a special focus on the case of telecommunications. From the origins of privatization, traced back to the 1940s, up to the climactic era of Thatcherism, the dissertation will propose a fresh historical narrative of the downfall of state-owned enterprises in Europe. Ultimately, his research, located at the crossroad of economic, business, political, and intellectual history, aims at uncovering the historical roots of the contemporary neoliberal age.
Judge Glock received both his B.A. and M.A. in American History from the College of William and Mary, where he completed a thesis on the real estate market and the electric streetcar in Richmond, Virginia. After graduation, he spent two years doing historical research on Native American and environmental lawsuits for the Department of Justice, and one year teaching English in China. He is currently an ABD graduate student at Rutgers University, specializing in American financial and political history, and is completing a dissertation on the origins of federal intervention in the mortgage market.
Manuel A. Bautista González is a doctoral student in U.S. History at Columbia University. He specializes in U.S. economic, business, and financial history. Manuel has a B.A. in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he specialized in economic theory and economic history. He worked on a public history TV series and commercial banking before becoming a research and teaching assistant in Mexican and Latin American economic history. He is a member of the editorial board of the NEP-HIS blog and a member of the executive committee of the Mexican Economic History Association. Manuel is also interested in global history, Latin American history, the history of economic thought, the history of economics as discipline and profession, the methodology of economics and economic history, as well as the broader relationship between history, economics, and other social sciences. He tweets (and rants) from @econobitch.
Thomas Hajduk is a research assistant in the Institute of Business Ethics at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) and is completing his doctoral thesis on "multinational enterprises and international codes of conduct in the 1970s" at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt Oder (Germany). His analysis reveals how international organizations competed in codifying norms for business and how this endeavor, despite having little practical results, reaffirmed and officially endorsed the very idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Apart from his historical studies, Thomas has been working as a consultant and project manager specialized in public policies for CSR and sustainable development. He holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Durham (UK).
Elizabeth Harmon is a doctoral candidate in the American Culture Department at the University of Michigan. She is currently writing her dissertation, "The Commercialization of Charity: Modern Foundations and the Making of the Third Sector (1860-1920)." She uses scholarship on the history of the welfare state and the corporate form to shed new light on how we think about the history of American philanthropy. Before beginning her Ph.D., she worked at Kiva.org in its start-up phase. Her experiences in the social enterprise space continue to shape her research interests in the history of capitalism, the welfare state, and the nonprofit sector.
Tiina Hemminki is a doctoral student in Finnish history in the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The title of her dissertation is "Freeholder Peasants' Credit Relationships on Both Sides of the Gulf of Bothnia (1796-1830)"; she will finish it in 2014. In the dissertation she asks why and how did freeholder peasants lend, and who were their creditors and debtors? She is interested in the theories of social capital and industrious revolution, and in finding out whether they can explain freeholder peasants' intertwined and complicated credit relationships.
Justene Hill is a doctoral candidate in American history at Princeton University. She is currently serving as a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow in Princeton's Writing Center. Her dissertation, entitled "Felonious Transactions: A Legal History of Slave Economies in South Carolina, 1787- 1860," considers the history of slave economies in late eighteenth and nineteenth-century South Carolina by interrogating the ways in which southern legal culture influenced enslaved peoples' economic activities. Justene's scholarly interests include African American history, southern legal history, and slavery in the Atlantic world. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in African New World Studies from Florida International University.
Matt Hopkins is interested in, and searching for, heterodox economics, business history, and/or science and technology policy Ph.D. programs in the United States or abroad. He completed his graduate education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development. He has since been focused on studying the finance of innovation, in part through conducting industry studies on the emerging global clean technology sector as a research associate of the AIRNET and UMass Lowell's Center for Industrial Competitiveness. William Lazonick's theory of innovation has provided an important anchor to the work, as it places the role of organizations at the center. He would like to identify programs that have a similar interdisciplinary focus and appreciation for the critical role that innovation plays in the economy and for the importance of historical, political, and economic forces in determining economic outcomes.
Md Khalid Hossain is a Ph.D. researcher at the School of Management of RMIT University, Australia. He is currently an Australian Leadership Award scholar. He earned his Master of Diplomacy and Trade degree from the Monash University, Australia, as an Australian Development Scholarship scholar in 2006. He is a Bangladeshi citizen and has around seven years of professional experience in Bangladesh. His research interests include international business, governance, sustainability, and climate change. With a research focus on the climate change adaptation for multinational corporations, Khalid's Ph.D. research topic is "Climate Change Adaptation, MNC Strategy, and Environmental Pragmatism: A Cross-Country Perspective."
Sabine Ichikawa is a French emerging scholar in business history, since 2012. After working in the fashion and luxury industry for twenty-five years in several countries, in fashion design and brand management, she did her Ph.D. at EHESS in Paris on the re-emergence of the Chinese fashion system and its relation to Japan. She is interested in fashion as part of the creative industries, and focuses on the environment required for creative brands to emerge. Her research is global, comparative, and interdisciplinary, drawing a frame of analysis from mature fashion theories, markets and companies, from the West and Japan, to observe the evolution of Chinese fashion. She is currently based in Shanghai.
Caroline Jack is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. She is currently developing her dissertation, supervised by Tarleton Gillespie, on economic and financial education media in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century United States. Caroline's research focuses on the history of communication media and their interactions with the social formations of capitalism; at this year's BHC she will present work on mid-twentieth century pro-capitalist economic education films. Caroline is also a researcher at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, where her research focuses on the concept of "Internet freedom."
Tanya Jurado is in the final stages of her Ph.D. at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research examines how small and medium enterprise policy has developed over the 1978-2008 period in New Zealand. By applying a historical perspective to this analysis Tanya brings out the broader socio-economic backdrop under which policymakers and SME owners/managers operated. Tanya has worked as a Researcher of SMEs for several years. She holds an MA in history from Auckland University and is interested in using oral history in future research projects. Currently she lives in Brussels, Belgium.
Lauren Klaffke is a third-year graduate student in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is interested in the evolution of pharma- ceutical companies' corporate philanthropy, bookended by the wider availability of antibiotics at the end of World War II through the development of AIDS drugs in the 1980s and 1990s. By contextualizing her work within consumer movements, regulatory environments, and foreign policy issues, she also hopes to explore how pharmaceutical companies employed emerging concepts of corporate social responsibility as part of corporate strategy to negotiate favorable positions within the changing political economy.
Anitra Komulainen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Helsinki. Her thesis concentrates on the Finnish butter-margarine war in the 1960s, especially its economic, political, and cultural dimensions. The current project examines the Finnish retail co-op in the "Age of Extremes"that is, how ideologies affected business life. Her latest study focuses on the Finnish paper engineers and their internalization. She is especially interested in business culture.
Arun Kumar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University. His research looks critically, and historically, at the role of corporate philanthropy in India's development and the on-going professionalisation of development organisations, and, more substantively, how one might use this as an entry to discuss the shifting conceptions of modernity and nation-building in postcolonial India. His thesis is tentatively titled "Philanthropy in Postcolonial India: Tatas' Giving for/to the Modern (Neoliberal) Nation." In a previous life, he worked on questions of disability, social accountability, and urban development.
Changkeun Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan. His research interests span a diverse set of topics in the history of U.S. manufacturing. He is particularly interested in explaining industry and employment dynamics during the Great Depression using establishment- level data constructed from archival work. Conventional wisdom on the impacts of such a large-scale shock is drawn usually from aggregate evidence. He would like to add more micro-level evidence accounting for the compositional effects: who was more affected and why, and how that influenced the market structure. Prior to the Ph.D. program, Changkeun earned a B.A. in economics, a B.S. in industrial engineering, and an M.A. in economics from Seoul National University in Korea. He also served three years as a Korean Navy officer.
Joyman Lee (Ph.D. Yale, 2013) is a historian of late imperial and modern China, with allied interests in business history and the history of technology. His dissertation "Where Imperialism Could Not Reach: Chinese Industrial Policy and Japan, 1900-1940" looks at the influence of the Japanese model of industrialization on China, focusing on a set of institutions designed to provide overseas market and technological information to rural producers in Japan. Lee is currently a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and his dissertation is a finalist for the Herman E. Krooss Prize (2014).
Corinna Ludwig is a Ph.D. candidate at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. She is writing her dissertation on marketing strategies of German companies in the United States between 1945 and the 1980s. She is particularly interested in the development of brand and corporate images in different business cultures. Wartime expropriations of German company assets and German firms' efforts to recover lost assets play an important role in her research. Corinna's work expands the study of marketing history by highlighting the role of property rights and politics as factors in marketing strategy.
Ishva Minefee is a doctoral student in international business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he is a member of this year's Doctoral Colloquium. His research interests span corporate social responsibility and corporate responses to institutional pressures. He is working on a project that explores collective action strategies of U.S. firms to alter the perception of business in the 1970s. His dissertation focuses on the evolution of corporate responses to global anti-apartheid activism from 1948 to 1994.
Kevin Andrew Moos is a Ph.D. student in History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. His interests include the economic and business history of health and medicine, the history of health economics, and the history of globalization. His current project, "The Gift Exchange: Richard Titmuss, Economics, and the Global Blood Industry, 1970-1980," focuses on global developments in blood banking and blood products that blurred the lines between private enterprise and non-profit administration in healthcare and questioned the medical and economic efficiency of incentive- based distribution systems. Looking at the history of healthcare both in the United States and internationally, the thesis also aims to study the relationship between medicine as a business and medicine as a cultural phenomenon.
Crystal M. Moten is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at Dickinson College. In 2013, she received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; her dissertation is entitled "More Than a Job: Black Women's Economic Citizenship in the Twentieth Century Urban North." Moten is currently working on her manuscript, "The Business of Civil Rights: Black Women, Justice, and Entrepreneurship in Postwar Milwaukee," which assesses the lives, experiences, and community-building efforts of black businesswomen of that era. During the long Civil Rights Movement, these African-American businesswomen engaged in economic spatial resistance, used their business acumen and professional networks to provide services for the growing African-American community, forged interracial alliances, and critiqued the status quo that sustained de facto segregation and discrimination in the city of Milwaukee. The book will explore the contests these women faced as they struggled to realize their own economic goals and have an impact on their community.
Shawn Moura is a doctoral candidate in Latin American history at the University of Maryland, College Park. His dissertation, "Development Begins at Home: Women and the Domestic Economy in Brazil, 1945-1975," examines the relationship between women's evolving gender roles and their engagement with development. The dissertation includes analysis of attempts by industrialists, advertisers, and multinational enterprises to shape women's family roles and economic behavior. He will present a paper at the BHC annual meeting on the multinational cosmetic firm Avon's adaptation of its business practices to Brazil and the company's efforts to shape local standards of feminine respectability.
David Paulson is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Cambridge University. He began his original Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1989, researching twentieth-century German and EEC history. During an extended break from academic life, he served in the British Army, completed an MBA, and spent seventeen years in business, eight of them as managing director of an international manufacturing company. He re-started his Ph.D. part-time at Cambridge in 2012. He continues to run an industrial products business but aspires to teach business history and management. His thesis, supervised by Martin Daunton, is entitled "Commercialising Quality: A Comparative Study of Business Cultures and the Pursuit of Industrial Competitiveness in Britain and Germany, c.1949-1979"; It compares the management and performance of British SMEs with their Mittelstand counterparts.
Natacha Postel-Vinay is writing her thesis at the Department of Economic History at the LSE on banking crises in the U.S. Great Depression. She argues that mortgage lending in the 1920s was an important cause of bank failure during the Depression, especially in Chicago, which had the highest urban bank failure rate in the United States. Her work includes a longitudinal analysis of all Chicago bank portfolios from 1923 to 1933, a case study of one suburban bank, and an examination of mortgage contract deficiencies in all of the United States, drawing on contract theory. Her interests span all kinds of financial history, as well as the history of economic thought, as can be seen in her book reviews on the LSE Review of Books website.
Lindsay Schakenbach is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Brown University. She is broadly interested in the history of capitalism and studies the connections between business and diplomacy in the early national United States. Her dissertation, "Manufacturing Advantage: The Federal Government, Diplomacy, and the Origins of American Industrialization, 1790-1840," explores the early republican transition from merchant to industrial capitalism by analyzing the development of the New England arms and textile industries in the context of federal patronage and expanding geopolitical dominance in the Americas. She is from Holden, Massachusetts, and received a B.A. from Connecticut College in 2006 and an M.A. from Tufts University in 2009.
Korinna Schönhärl is assistant professor in the Department for Social and Economic History, University of Duisburg-Essen. She holds a Ph.D. from Goethe University Frankfurt, where she was a research assistant at the Collaborative Research Centre "Culture of Knowledge and Social Change." She published her dissertation, "Knowledge and Visions: Theory and Politics of the Economists in the Stefan George Circle" (2009), which was given Goethe University's Friedrich Sperl Award. Her research interest lies in the combination of cultural and economic history on an international level, in the history of economic thought, and in banking history. In her current project, entitled "Entering New Grounds: European Banks and Greece in the Nineteenth Century," she examines the international relationships among French, British, Swiss, and German banks with Greece from independence until World War I. Another focus of interest is the economic history of migration. Schönhärl coedited the interdisciplinary volume The Economies of Urban Diversity: The Ruhr Area and Istanbul (2013).
Elizabeth Semler is a third-year graduate student in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is broadly interested in the history of food and advertising in the twentieth century. Her project compares U.S. and Finnish government, medical community, and dairy industry responses to the diet–heart disease controversy from 1970 to 2000. It focuses on the ways in which American and Finnish dairy industries' organization, research, and promotional campaigns reveal the influence of politics, economics, and culture on industry's production and dissemination of scientific knowledge. It also explores if and how the relationship between political forces and economic policies shapes government responses to public health crises.
Sakari Siltala holds a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Helsinki. He defended his thesis in November 2013. The subject was the role of co-operatives in the dissolution of Finnish collaborative capitalism, 1982-2004. The focus was on forest industry, and on one particular co-operative. Currently he is doing postdoctoral research on co-operative retail. His fields of interest include co-operation, retail, national business systems, varieties of capitalism, and the forest industry.
Ole Sparenberg is a research and teaching assistant in the History Department at the University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken. He studied and received his Ph.D. at Göttingen University. In his dissertation, which was published in 2012, he examined the role of fisheries and whaling in the National Socialist efforts to achieve economic autarky in the 1930s. His research interests include the history of natural resources, environmental history, and maritime history. Currently, he is working on the history of the deep-sea mining projects of the 1960s-1980s.
Ellan Spero studies innovation through the lens of academic-industrial partnerships. Her dissertation, "Institutes for Innovation: Academic-Industrial Cooperation in the Early 20th Century," focuses on the development of industrial science and narratives of progress at the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in the program in History, Anthropology, Science Technology and Society (planning on defending in May 2014). Before coming to MIT, she studied fiber science and apparel design (Cornell B.S., M.S.), and museum studies and fashion history (Fashion Institute of Technology, M.A.).
Jesse Tarbert is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Case Western Reserve University. His dissertation project, "When Good Government Meant Big Government: Elite Reformers and the American State in the New Era, 1920-1933," reexamines the impact of business leaders and their allies on American political development in the years between the First World War and the New Deal. Despite their well-documented worries about the dangers of a redistributive welfare state, business-minded policymakers in this period made a concerted effort to fashion a strong and effective national administrative statean effort that has gone largely unnoticed by historians.
Eivind Thomassen is a researcher at Norges Bank (the Norwegian central bank). He received a Master's Degree in history from the University of Oslo in 2012. He explores the role of Norges Bank in Norwegian economic policymaking in the interwar and postwar (1945-2010) eras. A central theme is the marked shifts between different paradigms of monetary policymaking, how the central bank institution both influenced and was influenced by these shifts.
Riina Turunen is a doctoral student in the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä. Currently she is studying business failures and the premises of economic success during the take-off of Finnish moderni- zation. Her forthcoming doctoral dissertation is entitled "'Devastation and Ruin'? Finnish Nineteenth-Century Urban Bankruptcies." In this dissertation her research strategy is to adapt not only economic historical approaches but also models from the social sciences and cultural history. More specifically, her special fields of interest are business culture, the culture of credit, social economy, and the business activities of the common people and small-scale entrepreneurs.
Natalya Vinokurova received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2012. She is currently an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on understanding how decisions get made in the real world and how these decision-making processes evolve in situ over time. Using a combination of historical analysis and ethnographic methods, she studies patterns of decision making in contexts ranging from heart surgery and mortgage-backed securities to nuclear power. Her disserta- tion looks at how the use of analogical reasoning facilitated both the development and the collapse of the market for mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in the United States.
Fei-Hsien Wang is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics and Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2012. Her research has revolved around the relationship between knowledge, commerce, and political authority in modern East Asia. She is currently working on a book on copyright practices in late Qing and Republican China, which is based on her dissertation. It explores how copyright was understood, appropriated, codified, and, most important, practiced by Chinese booksellers and authors as a new legal doctrine.
Melih Yeşilbağ received his B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Bogazici University and then shifted to social sciences for his graduate studies. He recived a master's degree in modern Turkish history and is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology (ABD) at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He is writing his dissertation on the real estate markets-finance nexus in the AKP era in Turkey. His research fields are the political economy of development, comparative political economy, state-capital relations, capitalist class, and financialization.