Chenzi Xu is the International Economics Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College and an incoming Assistant Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Xu completed her PhD in economics at Harvard in 2019, specializing in the fields of finance, history, and international trade. Prior, she was a Harvard-Cambridge Scholar at Pembroke College where she completed an MPhil in Economic and Social History in the history department, and has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College in economics.

Dr. Xu’s seminar explored her latest economic history research, which empirically demonstrated that the bank failures caused by the 1866 Overend and Gurney crisis led to long-term reductions in exports from those countries most dependent on the failed British banks.


This interview is part of the History Working Group Seminar Series. A central piece of the History Working Group is the seminar series, which is hosted in partnership with the Hoover Library & Archives. The seminar series was launched in the fall of 2019, and thus far has included six talks from Hoover research fellows, visiting scholars, and Stanford faculty. The seminars provide outside experts with an opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on their work. While the lunch seminars have grown in reputation, they have been purposefully kept small in order to ensure that the discussion retains a good seminar atmosphere.

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