I study international trade politics in the twentieth century.
I recieved a PhD in History from Harvard University in 2017, and I previously recieved a master's degree in History from the University of Oxford. My master's thesis examined a debt-relief program in the League of Nations targeting farmers in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2017-2018, I was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and I am currently an UEFISCDI Award Fellow at New Europe College in Bucharest.
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I am completing a monograph, International Trade Politics in Transition, 1900-1930, that reassesess the impact of the First World War on foreign trade institutions in Europe. Starting with John Maynard Keynes, analyses of the economic consequences of the war have focused much more heavily on finance – on war debts and reparations – than on trade. In contrast, I show trade policy decisively shaped international order in the wake of the First World War by institutionally linking expansive geopolitical and macroeconomic conflicts. Within the League of Nations, multilateral trade agreements simultaneously addressed the de-centering Europe in global markets, the collapse of continental empires across Eurasia, and the redefinition of private commercial relations as a security asset. Trade agreements did not resolve these problems, but they did invest international institutions with wide-ranging authority to mediate relations between markets, states, and societies. Today, the final products of twentieth-century multilateralism - the World Trade Organization and the European Union – face diverse challenges on geopolitical, social, and macroeconomic fronts. My research suggests that this kind of large-scale multidimensional conflict is a characteristic feature of modern international governance, and not its negation.
I have also begun work on a new project focused on the role of migration in modern international governance.