Postdoctoral Scholar, Economic History
Center for Economic History
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Mark W. Geiger (Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2006) is the 2008-2009 Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Economic History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Before entering academics he worked in industry, primarily in financial services.
His forthcoming book, which will be published by Yale University Press, explores the impact of a previously unknown financial conspiracy in Civil-War-era Missouri. The dissertation on which the book is based won the University of Missouris 2007 Distinguished Dissertation Award (shared with a dissertation in mathematics) and the Columbia University Prize in American Economic History in Honor of Allan Nevins, awarded by the Economic History Association. The book describes a covert financial scheme that backfired on its participants, devastating the planter elite in Missouri and causing a revolution in land ownership. The book also contains the first detailed study of the grassroots-level financing for the early stages of military mobilization in the Civil War, the greatest national effort undertaken to that time in the United States.