Damian Clavel holds a PhD in International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently Howard S. Marks postdoctoral fellow in Economic History at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He was previously recipient of a Doc.CH grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and held a visiting position at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, USA. He received his BA in Economic and Social History at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and has an MSc in Social and Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
His research centers around the global political and social transformations brought about by the early dynamics of commercial and financial globalization. Combining micro-history and global history of capitalism, he is particularly interested in the ways in which European merchants-bankers and their interlocutors sought to position themselves within shifting political, social and cultural environments created by the imperial and economic revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.