Emily C.H. Riley
Fields of Study: Modern Europe; Economic/Financial History; 20th Century Global History
Advisor: Harold James
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 and global history. In my dissertation, I plan to explore the emergence of the post-1945 concept of economic development - and it's relationship to European integration and Cold War global politics - through the singular case of Italy. I explore the period from 1943 to 1965, through development aid from UNNRA, the Export-Import Bank, the Marshall Plan, the European Investment Bank, and the World Bank. I hope 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 by institutions and governments. In highlighting the Italian experience, I hope to complicate a historiography that has focused on the United States as the source of development ideas and the Third World as their recipient. In 2014/15, I am in absentia, conducting archival research in Washington, DC, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
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 considered 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 Public Policy and History Departments.