PhD in Economic History from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, 1993
A former graduate from the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris, Professor Flandreau joined the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2008. He is both a historian and an economist and holds a joint appointment in the International History and in the International Economics departments. His work focuses on the history of credit, information and finance. He has widely published on the history of the international monetary system, exchange-rate regimes, public finance, monetary unions, rating agencies, financial journalism, white-collar criminality, investment banking and financial crises.
He previously held teaching and research positions at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and at Sciences Po, where he was professor from 2001 to 2008. Between 2007 and 2009, he was president of the European Historical Economics Society. He has held visiting positions at many universities such as Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Yale and the University of Tokyo, as well as in the research departments of several international organisations, among which the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements. In Paris, he also worked at Lehman Brothers as chief economist in charge of relations with the Agence France Trésor. He was or is member of the editorial boards of the main economic history journals (Journal of Economic History, Economic History Review, European Review of Economic History).
His last book, Anthropology and the Stock Exchange, which revisits the relations between social science, power and financial criminality in Victorian Britain, will be published in early 2016 by Chicago University Press. He is also completing a book on the evolution of the public debt market and the ecology of sovereign defaults in the nineteenth century. His research interests are now in the relationships between capitalism and humanitarism, and particularly in the creation of the Red Cross