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BANKS, Elizabeth

BANKS Elizabeth

Max Weber Fellow 2019-2020

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-659  (ext: 2659)
Office: VPA 106

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: History and Civilization
Mentor: Federico Romero
Thematic Group: Europe in the World



Elizabeth (Betty) Banks is transnational historian of the Soviet Union and twentieth century Africa. She received her PhD from New York University. From February 2021, she is a research fellow in the ERC-funded ECOINT program at the EUI. 

Her current research explores how technical experts from East and West were able to plan economic life together in UN institutions and working groups, even as their respective economic languages at times sounded like ideology to one another. A second project, drawing on her training in African history, examines the practices of economic decolonization in the regional economic commission for Africa (UNECA). 

She is currently finalizing her book manuscript, Parallel Worlds: Socialist Globalization in the Soviet Union and Mozambique, which explores the ideological ideal of socialist solidarity was into practice by leaders, bureaucrats and ordinary citizens in Mozambique, the USSR, and the spaces in between. Her co-edited special issue, “The African-Soviet Modern,” appeared in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (issue 41.1). 

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