Global Finance Initiative

Central banking conference

The Global Finance Initiative (GFI) is composed of faculty from several disciplines who are driven by the conviction that the growing complexity of global financial markets can best be understood through a collaborative and comparative lens. It convenes conversations among thinkers, practitioners, and policymakers whose ideas and decisions shape economies and societies. The GFI has invited scholars to Cornell to share their views on issues ranging from “risk culture” in global financial institutions to the ethics of financial regulation.

The e-book Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking (Cornell Global Perspectives, 2018), by GFI member Annelise Riles, grew out of a series of events and discussions organized by the initiative in conjunction with Meridian 180. Prominent among those was "The Changing Politics of Central Banking," a conference held at Cornell in 2016, which brought current and former officials from central banks in Europe, Japan, Korea, Chi­na, India, and the United States.

The group is also developing a dissertation research project development program through its Collaborative Research Fellowships, which are supported by the Tobin Project and the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences.



Hirokazu Miyazaki (anthropology; director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies).

Steering committee

Mabel Berezin (sociology), Douglas Holmes (anthropology, Binghamton University), Ravi Kanbur (applied economics and management; T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs), Peter Katzenstein (government; Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies), Jonathan Kirshner (government; Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy), Alexander Kuo (government), Odette Lienau (law), Victor Nee (economics; Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor; director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society), Annelise Riles (law; anthropology; Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies; founder and director of Meridian 180), Eric Tagliacozzo (history), Marina Welker (anthropology).

Graduate students

Meg Doherty Bea (sociology), Alicia Eads (sociology), Vincent Ialenti (anthropology), Ningzi Li (sociology), Eudes Lopez (anthropology), Aditi Sahasrabuddhe (government), Alexis Walker (science and technology studies), Peter Wissoker (city and regional planning), Xinwei Xu (sociology).

Contact GFI