Wilfried Kisling is a research associate at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, he studied International Business Administration in Germany and Spain. Interested in the idea of studying economic development in the long run and from historical perspectives, he did his PhD in Economic History at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain and his M.A. in Economic History at the University of Barcelona and University of Zaragoza, Spain. He was a visiting student at the University of California Davis and the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. He worked as a research assistant for the chair of international economic relations at the Wiesbaden Business School and in several projects, i.a. on the history of banking in Spain. His research focuses on the role of finance in the international advancement of trade, in particular on foreign banks and commerce in Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.