Emily C.H. Riley
Fields of Study: Modern Europe; Economic/Financial History; 20th Century Global History
I am interested in the economic and financial history of the twentieth century, and in understanding the ways that international ideas and institutions have shaped European history. In my dissertation, which is still in the early stages of research, I plan to explore the formulation of the concept of economic development in Italy, during (roughly) the period from 1943 to 1965, through UNNRA, the Export-Import Bank, the Marshall Plan, and finally the World Bank. I hope to be able to disentangle ideas about what the economy was and what economic development (namely development aid) was meant to do, from the policy expressions of these beliefs. Through this analysis, I hope that my project can shed light on the origins of development economics as practiced most prominently by the World Bank in the Third World in the 1960s and after, and in showing the significance of the Italian experience can complicate a historiography that has focused on the United States as the source of development ideas and the Third World as their recipient.
I graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Ohio University in 2012, with majors in History and Economics, and a certificate in European Studies. My senior thesis concerned the World Bank's loans to Italy in the 1950s and '60s. While pursuing my B.A. I studied abroad in Hong Kong and Italy, and worked as a research assistant in both the Public Policy and History Departments.