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. Her new book, Dividends of Development: Securities Markets in the History of U.S. Capitalism, 1866-1922, will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2016. She is the author of Contests for Corporate Control: Corporate Governance and Economic Performance in the United States and Germany (Oxford University Press, 2000) as well as the co-editor of the book, Corporate Governance and Sustainable Prosperity (Macmillan, 2002). In addition, she has published numerous journal articles of which the latest ones are "A Fine Failure: Relationship Lending, Moses Taylor, and the Joliet Iron & Steel Company, 1869–1888" in the Business History Review and "Yankee Doodle went to London: Anglo-American Breweries & the London Securities Market, 1888-1892" in the Economic History Review. O'Sullivan will be on sabbatical for the academic year 2016-2016 as a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Before joining the University of Geneva in 2010, O’Sullivan was an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2010 and associate professor at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) from 1996 to 2004. She earned her Ph.D. in business economics at Harvard University and she also holds 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, 2014, vol. 88, no. 04, p. 647-679.
Mary O'Sullivan, "Yankee Doodle went to London: Anglo-American Breweries & the London Securities Market, 1888-1892", Economic History Review, 2015, Vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 1365-1387. [.pdf]
Mary O’Sullivan, Dividends of Development: Fits and Starts in the History of U.S. Securities Markets, 1865-1919, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016. [Introduction]
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]