Sabrina Sigel


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Sabrina Sigel is a PhD candidate in Economic History and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva. She works under the supervision of Prof. Juan H. Flores Zendejas and is affiliated to the Global Studies Institute, the Department of History, Economics and Society, and the Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History.

Her thesis project focusses on the environmental costs of coffee-driven development in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 1850s to the 1930s. Her research interests cross economic and environmental history, the history of economic and ecological thought, as well as the history of transatlantic trade.

In 2017, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Economic History at the University of Geneva, with a dissertation on the transatlantic financial ties of a Hamburg merchant between 1884 and 1905. Prior to her current position, she worked as a historian for the Swiss bank Lombard Odier and co-authored the book Lombard Odier – 222 years of innovation in 2018.

Research Interests

  • Economic history
  • Environmental history
  • History of economic and ecological thought
  • Latin American history, especially Brazil
  • Commodity production and trade, especially coffee


Teaching – Bachelor