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Christoph Nitschke

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022


Christoph Nitschke

Christoph Nitschke is a research fellow at Rothemere American Institute at University of Oxford. He is a historian of U.S. foreign relations, empire, and capitalism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. His research focuses on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of finance and diplomacy from a transnational and transatlantic perspective. Nitschke received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Oxford in July 2020 with a dissertation entitled "Boom and Bust Diplomacy: The Financial Crisis of 1873 and U.S. Foreign Relations."

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Nitschke will research the global context of U.S. economic growth between the Civil War and World War I. He will examine European capital investment through a cultural and transimperial lens. Specifically, he is interested in the political and diplomatic environments, imperial ideas, and racialized and gendered cultural imperatives that were present in portfolio investment in the first era of globalization.


  • Research Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic

Capital and civilization: Transimperial finance and the United States between the Civil War and World War I, c. 1857-1917



Areas of Expertise

  • Diplomatic History
  • Financial History
  • History of Capitalism
  • U.S. Empire
  • U.S. History (1860-1914)


Nitschke, Christoph, and Mark Rose. “Financial Crises in American History.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, 2021.

Nitschke, Christoph. “Theory and History of Financial Crises: Explaining the Panic of 1873.” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 17, no. 2 (2018): 221–40.

CES Award