Wilkins received an A.B. from Radcliffe College and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1957. She has been a pioneer in the field of business history, especially in the field of foreign direct investment and multinational enterprises. She has been called the "doyen of historians of international business," and has published numerous major studies in this field. Her most recent book is a study of the role of multinationals in global electrification authored together with Peter Hertner and William Hausmann and titled Global Electrification: Multinational Enterprise and International Finance in the History of Light and Power, 1878-2007. She is a past president of the Business History Conference, which awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
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