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Dr Gabriel Geisler Mesevage

Dr Gabriel Geisler Mesevage

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Lecturer in British Economic History post-1750

Research subject areas

  • History

Contact details


I joined King’s in 2019 as a Lecturer. Before joining I was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, and a Marie-Curie Early Stage Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford.

I completed my PhD in History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva in 2016.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Financial history
  • British economic history in the 19th century
  • Financial press/credit rating agencies
  • Social networks

My research focuses on 19th-century financial history. In particular the financial press, rating agencies, bubbles and crises. I have written on the British railway mania and the historical development of credit rating.


I teach Modern British financial and economic history at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Selected publications

  • Social Networks in Economic History: Opportunities and Challenges”, Explorations in Economic History, 74, 2019 (with Rui Esteves).
  • “Network Analysis” in Blum & Colvin (eds.) An Economist’s Guide to Economic History, London: Palgrave, 2018.
  • “The Opaque Origins of the Business of Transparency: Mercantile Agencies, the Law and the Lawyers (1851-1916)”, Enterprise & Society, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2014 (with Marc Flandreau).
  • “The Separation of Information and Lending and the Rise of Rating Agencies in the United States (1841-1907)”, Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol. 62, No. 3, 2014 (with Marc Flandreau).