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. I also examine the linkages between economic aid for reconstruction in Western Europe after World War II and economic development aid to the Third World in the latter part of the twentieth century. My focus is on the case of Italy, which has also led me to consider the perceived economic and cultural divisions between the "developed" North of Europe and the "less developed" Mediterranean as relates to the evolution of the concept of economic development and contemporary debates about the nature of economic aid and new forms of (American) imperialism. After completing general examines in May 2014, I plan to undertake a dissertation that considers how economic assistance to Italy shaped broader conceptions - in the United States and in Europe - of development, from UNRRA to the World Bank, roughly 1943 to 1965.
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.