Maria Bach is finishing her PhD at King’s College London in International Political Economy. Her thesis analyses how Indian political economists constructed an idea of development at the turn of the nineteenth century. She has a forthcoming journal article on Mahadev Govind Ranade’s idea of progress in late 19th century India in the European Journal for the History of Economic Thought. She is currently an Economics Lecturer at the American University of Paris and has previously taught economic history at the London School of Economics, as well as International Political Economy and Economics at King’s College London. From 2013 to 2014, she was a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris working on a project titled New Approaches to Economic Challenges.


Markus Bjoerkheim is a Ph.D. student in Economics at George Mason University. His current work analyses the Earhart Foundation’s Fellowship from a network perspective. In the past his work has focused on applications of moral hazard, and the political economy of his native Norway’s sovereign wealth fund. He received his B.S. from James Madison University in 2014, and his M.A. from George Mason University in 2017, both in Economics.


Alexis Bureau-Thibault - graduated in economics at the University of Quebec in Montreal (Canada), specializing in the history of economic thought and the epistemology of economics. He is currently a Master student in the Science and Technology Studies of the same institution. Throughout his cursus, he developed an interest for research on the evolution of labor as a philosophical concept through history of ideas. He is currently working on the development of the practice of management as a scientific discipline, focusing on the institutional status of business schools within higher education system. Besides his academic career, he is a proficient traveler and a part-time pirate.


Malte F. Dold is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Economics at New York University where he currently teaches a course, together with Mario Rizzo, on rationality and behavioral economics. In his PhD thesis, Malte discussed normative implications and methodological challenges of behavioral economics. He graduated with a PhD in economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany in January 2018. He holds a MA and a BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Malte’s research on behavioral economics leads him quite naturally to methodological and historical issues at the intersection of economics and psychology. His work on normative questions in behavioral economics sparked his interest in the history of welfare economics in the 20th century, specifically the work of James Buchanan and Amartya Sen.


Zoé Evrard - studied public administration, economics, and philosophy at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is now a Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo), in Paris. During her graduate studies, she also became active in student movements defending a more pluralistic approach in the economics curricula. Her Master's thesis in political science focused on the gradual transformation of pension schemes in Belgium. Her PhD research project at MaxPo seeks to extend the emerging historiography of neoliberalism in a currently under-explored context: Belgium. Why, how and to what extent, could neoliberalism become dominant in the 1980s, and consolidate in the 1990s as the dominant policy paradigm in Belgium, is the question it seeks to answer. Adopting discursive neo-institutionalism as the main theoretical perspective, a historical approach supported by a process tracing methodology using qualitative data will be followed. 


Cristian Frasser is a PhD student at Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. His academic interests include monetary economics, philosophy of economics, and history of economics. The transformations of monetary economics experienced since the late eighties, especially the development of models that satisfy the so-called Wallace’s dictum caught his attention. He thus makes attempts to provide a methodological framework to account for such transformations. He also works currently on search-theoretic models for the use of illegal commodities as means of payment. Finally, he is interested in discussing the ontology of money from a naturalistic perspective. 


Kelly Goodman is a PhD candidate in History at Yale University.  Her dissertation investigates the coordinated passage of statutory and constitutional limits on taxing and spending during the 1930s and 1970s economic crises in California and Michigan.  Tax limit backers, including public choice economists, promoted their legislative bills and ballot initiatives with popular economic ideas.  Kelly’s research in the history of economic thought traces these ideas to nineteenth and twentieth-century American interpretations of French political economy and the Scottish Enlightenment.   She is excited to visit Durham with historians of economic thought working on international projects.


Zachary Griffen - is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at UCLA. His research uses comparative and historical methods to investigate the relationship between economic expertise and social policy. In his dissertation, he compares the historical trajectories of two subfields in economics, the economics of education and health economics, from the 1950s onward. Broadly speaking, he is interested in the history and organization of social scientific expertise, and in particular how social scientists develop the capacity to intervene in public affairs.


Tom Kayzel - is a PhD Candidate in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Amsterdam.  He is interested in how economics have shaped the cognitive space in which policymakers and politician conceive of economic issues; and how economists have established themselves as experts on these matters. His current PhD-research concerns the history of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau, the most prominent economic advisory body to the Dutch government. The aim of this research is to understand how the developments in the theory and practice of macroeconomic modelling within the Central Planning Bureau are linked to the development of economic policy paradigms in the Netherlands and specific forms of economic expertise from 1945 to 1990. 


Sharmin Khodaiji - is completing her PhD from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The PhD will explore the emergence of a field such as 'Indian Economics' during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries in colonial India. Her area of interest is the history of political economy in India, especially the institutionalization of the discipline of economics in Indian universities, textbook writing, and formation of journals and associations for economists. 


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Marius Kuster  is a PhD student in Economics at the University of Lausanne (Centre Walras-Pareto). He holds a Bachelor in History and a Master in Economics from the University of Zurich. In his dissertation he investigates the role of metaphors in shaping the understanding of crises and cycles in the German Historical School. A main focus lies on organic metaphors from biology that influenced worldviews of policy makers at the end of the 19th century. The dissertation is embedded in the project «The metaphorical characterization of equilibrium, economic crises, and business cycles» where he works together with Justine Loulergue. Further research interests include history of speculation and inflation, food history, rationing, poverty and history of the cooperative movement.


Christina Laskaridis is a PhD candidate in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research interests include history of debt and monetary debates, with a focus on theory and practice of debt sustainability. She has been a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS and taught at UCL. Christina is looking forward to the Summer Institute to meet fellow researchers and learn more about History of Economic Thought.


Justine Loulergue - is a PhD student at Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) and Lausanne University. She holds a MA in History of Philosophy from Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), and a MA in Economics from Paris 1, with a specialization in the epistemology of economics. Her academic interests include pragmatism, language, uncertainty,... She currently writes her PhD about the Metaphors of Equilibrium in the French speaking economic literature of the 2nd XIXth century. She works together with Marius Kuster as parts of a project held at Lausanne University on Metaphors and Analogies of crisis and equilibrium in the European XIXth century.




Mark McAdam is a Ph.D. candidate in International Political Economy at Witten/Herdecke University (Germany). His research focuses on the role ideas play in effecting public policy outcomes generally, with a specific emphasis on the formulation of trade policy in the John F. Kennedy administration. He is particularly interested in the history of economic thought because he believes that other social sciences can utilize its insights for their own methodologies. When not researching in archives or writing, he enjoys (European) football, hiking, cooking, and traveling.   


Ohad Reiss Sorokin - is a PhD candidate in History of Science at Princeton University. His dissertation tells the story of the Geistkreis, an interdisciplinary student-based intellectual circle based in inter-war Vienna. By following the circle’s main participants, many of whom became prominent figures in the social sciences, Ohad wishes to explore the changes in the relations between philosophy, psychology, and economics during the 20th century in light of the transition from Vienna to the United States. Ohad has an M.A. in philosophy from the Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel-Aviv University; his master’s thesis focuses on the knowledge production process in philosophy.


Pete Vechsuruck - is currently a graduate instructor and a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Utah. His research focuses on macroeconomics, economic development and history of economic thought. The first chapter of his dissertation applies the history of economic thought analysis and uses archival material to examine the ideas of two prominent figures during the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes and Marriner S. Eccles, the Federal Reserve Chairman during the FDR administration. The chapter compares Keynes and Eccles interpretations of effective demand and fiscal policies and how it results in economic fluctuations. It heavily relies on the Eccles Papers housed at the Marriot Library, the University of Utah.  Pete will be joining the Department of Economics at the University of Rhode Island in Fall 2018.


Roel Visser is a PhD student in the Philosophy of Science at Bielefeld University in Germany. He previously studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Universities of Utrecht, York and Rotterdam. His thesis is about the effect of scientific uncertainty on policy advice, in particular macroeconomic forecasting uncertainty. At the Summer Institute, he hopes to learn more about historical research methods and the relation between the History of Economic Thought and the Philosophy of Science.