Elvira Vilches is Associate Professor of Spanish at Duke University. Her scholarship focuses on early modern Spanish literature, culture, and economic history. She has received fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Carter Brown Library. She is the author of New World Gold: Monetary Disorders and Cultural Anxiety in Early Modern Spain (Chicago University Press, 2010; Choice List of Outstanding Books 2011). Her most recent publications explore shifting value systems in the Iberian Atlantic; money and public trust; the experiences of financial crisis past and present; as well as monetary practices and the spread of numeracy. She is currently working on a new book project titled Doing Business: Commerce and Culture in Early Modern Spain.