Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
Michael Schiltz is associate professor of financial history at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia of the University of Tokyo, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that he was a European Research Council “Starting Grant” holder at the University of Leuven, where he also took his Ph.D (2002). His research and teaching concentrates on the economic (mostly financial) history of East-Asia, in particular the complicated role British and other exchange banks played in the latter. His publications include The Money Doctors from Japan: Finance, Imperialism, and the Building of the Yen-Bloc, 1895-1937 (Harvard University Press, 2012); “Money on the road to empire: Japan’s adoption of gold monometallism, 1873–971,” The Economic History Review, vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 1147–1168, 2012. Currently he is working on several articles and a monograph about the branch network of Yokohama Specie Bank, Japan’s semi-official exchange bank before 1945, and a major motor of Asian international trade for that period. Apart from writing history, he is also passionate about archival preservation, including often neglected non-Western materials. Yet other interests include: social network analysis, hacktivism, data-mining and visualization, alternative journalism.