Elsa Massoc’s research explores issues in comparative political economy and finance, with a specific focus on the governance of markets in Western Europe. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Her dissertation examines how sectoral strategies implemented at the national level have affected the evolution of global banking after the crisis. She analyzes how local politics shapes, on one side, the positions of firms in the global markets and, on the other side, how those firms are embedded in their local markets. She shows that different priorities of state actors explain these sectoral strategies toward finance. How those priorities are shaped, and to what extent they matter, depend on historically rooted institutions structuring how private and public actors typically coordinate during policymaking processes.
Elsa’s other research projects include the study of 'anti-finance' opinions and financial regulation at the turn of the 21st century, as well as the analysis of growing inequalities and how they affect individual behaviors.
At the EUI, her plan is to work on her book manuscript and to develop these research projects.
Prior to graduate school, Elsa earned an MA from Sciences-Po Paris in European Affairs and from Paris IV-Sorbonne in History.
Elsa has taught junior and senior classes in Comparative Political Economy, Comparative politics and European integration. She has also been a research supervisor for a small team of undergraduate students.