Malik is a PhD candidate in the department of history, working on a dissertation on foreign portfolio investors in “emerging markets” during the first modern age of globalization, from c. 1880 to 1930. Focusing on Russia—one of the largest sovereign debtors of the time—he explores relations between borrowers and creditors, and the public and private sectors, to better understand the factors that drove investment decisions in such rapidly growing but volatile places. In the process, he also explores the financial dimensions of the Russian Revolution. More broadly, Hassan is interested in international financial history and political economy. Prior to graduate school, Hassan spent several years working in investment banking for J.P. Morgan and Troika Dialog in New York and Moscow.