Grace Ballor is an economic historian of modern Europe. Her research interests include the history of European integration, capitalism, historical political economy, business history, globalization, the evolution of the nation state, and the intersection of the economy and society. Methodologically, she prioritizes comparative analysis, descriptive quantitative techniques, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Grace holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed doctoral research on the role of the private sector in the process of European integration. Her dissertation, ‘Agents of Integration: Multinational Firms and the European Union, 1970-2000’, finds that in response to globalization in the 1970s and 1980s, large European corporations regionalized and thereby facilitated the creation of Europe's single common market. This project required Grace to work in several private corporate and public institutional archives across Europe and to conduct archival research in English, French, and German.
As a Max Weber fellow, Grace will finalize the publication of her first manuscript and begin work on a new book project, which will examine the effect of European integration on small and medium sized enterprise.
She is grateful to spend the 2018-2019 year at the EUI, after which she will go on to a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Graduate Institute, Geneva in 2019-2020.
Grace's teaching experience includes both undergraduate and graduate courses taught in a variety of formats ‒ ranging from lecture courses to discussion-based seminars to online classes ‒ on subjects including: Integration and the European Union, Modern Europe since 1789, Neoliberalism and Globalization, Western Civilization History, and Historical Pedagogy.