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Craig M. McMahon

Craig M. McMahon

PhD candidate in Economic History

Affiliated research student at the Centre for Financial History


Craig obtained a Bachelor of business administration in finance from Villanova University. After graduation he worked in investment banking, private equity and non-profit management. He has lived and worked in Belgium, Cambodia, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2014 he was awarded an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics, and in 2015 an MPhil in historical studies from the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Craig specialises in financial, economic and business history. He is especially interested in the development of 20th century financial institutions, non-bank lenders, financial crises and financial regulation. His current research focuses on the development and regulation of the American and British consumer credit markets, and in particular short-term, high-interest credit issued by small loan providers.

He is under the supervision of Dr Duncan Needham and Professor Martin Daunton.


External Graduate Teaching Assistant (essay marking), Economics Department, University of Warwick (2014-2015)

    EC104 - The World Economy: History & Theory

Temporary Lecturer, Beijing Wuzi Institute

Other Professional Activities

Convenor of the Financial History graduate workshop at the Centre for Financial History