Emily C.H. Riley
Fields of Study: Modern Europe; Economic/Financial History; 20th Century Global History
I am interested in the the economic and financial history of modern Europe, and in uncovering the ways that international institutions have shaped European history. Recently, I have begun to examine the similarities and linkages between economic aid for reconstruction in Western Europe after World War II and economic aid to Latin America in the latter part of the twentieth century. Having focused on Italy in my most recent research projects, I have also become interested in the perceived economic and cultural divisions between the "developed" North of Europe and the "less developed" Mediterranean countries as relates to the evolution of the concept of "economic development" and contemporary debates about the nature of economic aid and new forms of imperialism. Given my geographic and temporal interests, naturally, I am fascinated by the subject of European integration, but I hope to continue to branch out into more global questions as my graduate research progresses. Currently, I am excited by the prospect of undertaking a history of economic aid to post-1945 Europe and (perhaps) Latin America in order to understand the evolution of the concept of "economic development" in the age of the United Nations, World Bank, and IMF.
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.