Seung-Woo KIM

Research Fellow, International History
Spoken languages
English, Korean
Areas of expertise
  • Political Culture of Finance
  • International Monetary System
  • Central Banking
  • Offshore Banking Centres
  • History of Asset Management
  • History of Neoliberalism
  • Conspiracy Theory


Having read philosophy and history at Korea University, Seung Woo was awarded a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2018. His dissertation, The Euromarket and the making of the transnational network of finance, 1957-1979, examines the politically and culturally contested nature of the offshore market for US dollars and offers an account on the way in which national sovereignty was appropriated in the re-emergence of global finance in the late 20th century. In 2019, he joined the Graduate Institute Geneva as a research fellow for the SNSF-funded project 'Business with the devil? Assessing the financial dimension of authoritarian regimes in Latin America, 1973-85'. He is also affiliated with the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, as a coordinator for East Asia Working Group and an organiser for Economic History Working Group. His current research includes the engagement of the Global South and left-wing intellectuals in the Bretton Woods of the international monetary system and global finance, the contested nature of central banking in the late 20th century, and the political culture of cryptocurrencies.

Selected Publications


Peer-reviewed articles

  • ‘The Ambivalent State: The Taxation of UK Labour Government on the Eurodollar Market, 1964-1970’, The Korean Journal of British Studies, Vol. 39 (June 2018), pp. 85-120.
  • ‘The Cold War Origins of the ‘Scientific’ Investment Knowledge: Efficient Market Hypothesis, Rational Choice Theory, and Modern Portfolio Theory’, Sa-Chong (Historical Journal), Vol. 95 (September 2018), pp. 97-130.

Book chapter

  •  ‘“Has the Euro-Dollar a future?” – The Production of Knowledge, Contestation and Authority in the Eurodollar Market, 1959~1964’, in J. Hoppit, A.B. Leonard and D.J. Needham, eds, Money and Markets: Essays in Honour of Martin Daunton (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2019), pp. 145-160.
  • ‘Asian Dollar Market’ in Y. Cassis, S. Batillossi, and Y. Kazuhiko, eds., Handbook of the History of Money and Currency (Singapore: Springer, 2020), pp. 315-333.