Grace Ballor is a historian of capitalism, focusing on two concurrent and radically transformative processes that reshaped the world in the twentieth century: European integration and economic globalization. Since earning her PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018, she has held a joint position as Max Weber Fellow in History and Civilization at the European University Institute and Research Fellow in International History at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
She has written widely on the influence of multinational corporations and business associations, European integration, and trans-Atlantic economic relations in the postwar period and has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels – both in the United States and Europe – on subjects including European history, neoliberalism and globalization, business history, historical pedagogy, and the origins of the European Union. Her research has been supported by the the European Union Studies Association, Business History Conference, the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe, the Center for Economic History, the International Studies Institute, and several research centers across the University of California.
In addition to her publication and teaching, she has also served as a delegate in Trade, Economic Relations, and Business Development at the Stanford US-Russia Forum and as Academic Fellow on the Council for Europe at the World Economic Forum, where she authored discussion documents for policymakers and published a survey of EU reform initiatives ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections.