Prof. Dr. Tobias Straumann

I am a full professor ad personam of modern and economic history at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Zurich and teach two courses at the Department of Economics: «Current Issues in Swiss Economic Policy» (Fall Term) and «Economic History: Europe in the 20th Century» (Spring Term). I am also the academic director of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Applied History at the University of Zurich.

My research focuses on financial and monetary history, the history of Swiss multinational companies and the political economy of Switzerland. More specifically, I am interested in the interplay between economic crises, institutions and politics. My latest books are: «1931 – Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler» (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2019) and (with Martin A. Senn) «Unruhe im Kleinstaat – Der schweizerische Generalstreik von 1918 im internationalen Vergleich» (Schwabe Verlag, Basel 2022). Currently, I am working on a book about the London Debt Agreement of 1953 (contract with Oxford University Press). I also write a regular column for the business section of the «NZZ am Sonntag».