Full Professor and Head of the Department
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Mary O'Sullivan is a Professor of Economic History and director of the Department of Economic History at the University of Geneva. Her research is focused on the history of industries and enterprises, financial history, and the comparative history of economic development. She is the author of Contests for Corporate Control: Corporate Governance and Economic Performance in the United States and Germany (Oxford University Press, 2000) and co-editor of the book, Corporate Governance and Sustainable Prosperity (Macmillan, 2002) as well as numerous journal articles. She is currently working on another book, Dividends of Development: Fits and Starts in the History of U.S. Securities Markets, 1865-1919 which analyses the development of the U.S. capital markets from the Civil War through World War 1. Her latest publications are "A Fine Failure: Relationship Lending, Moses Taylor, and the Joliet Iron & Steel Company, 1869–1888" in the Business History Review (Winter 2014) and "Yankee Doodle went to London: Anglo-American Breweries & the London Securities Market, 1888-1892" in the Economic History Review (forthcoming). Before joining the University of Geneva, O’Sullivan was an associate professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2010 and associate professor of strategy at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) from 1996 to 2004. She earned her Ph.D. in business economics at Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.
Enterprise and industrial history, financial history, comparative history of economic development of advanced economies, institutional economics, political economy
Mary O’Sullivan, "A Fine Failure: Relationship Lending, Moses Taylor, and the Joliet Iron & Steel Company, 1869–1888", Business History Review, Winter 2014, forthcoming. [.pdf]
Mary O'Sullivan, "Yankee Doodle went to London: Anglo-American Breweries & the London Securities Market, 1888-1892", Economic History Review, forthcoming. [.pdf]
Mary O’Sullivan, Dividends of Development: Fits and Starts in the History of U.S. Securities Markets, 1865-1919, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015.
Mary O'Sullivan, "Capital: The Blind Spot of Capitalism: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer", American Historical Review, forthcoming 2015. [.pdf]