Alessandra Guariglia received her PhD from Boston University. She is currently a Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that, she has worked at the Universities of Essex, Kent, Nottingham, and Durham. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance and the European Journal of Finance. In 2011 and 2012, she has also served as a guest co-editor of two European Journal of Finance Special Issues on Chinese capital markets, and is currently co-editing an International Small Business Journal Special Issue also on Chinese capital markets. Her research interests are in the areas of financial economics and macroeconomics. Specifically, the focus of her research is on the links between macroeconomic activity and finance and on the economics of transition in China. She has published a range of papers including articles in the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Comparative Economics, Economics Letters, Economica, Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Econometrics Journal.