Welcome to my website. I am Professor of History of European Cooperation and Integration at the European University Institute in Florence. I am also Non Resident Fellow at Bruegel.
I studied in France, the UK, and Italy. I studied for my undergraduate at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Strasbourg (BA Hons), before moving on to the London School of Economics to complete an MSc in International History, and finally to the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence to study for my PhD in History. I was then Pinto Postdoctoral Fellow at LSE, before joining the University of Glasgow in 2011.
I have held visiting and research positions at the Institute for European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2014 to 2018), Keio University (2011), Columbia University (2013), the University of Economics in Prague (2016), the University of Tokyo (2020), and I held a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre (2017/2018).
I am editorial board member of the journal Politique européenne. I am president of the International Association of Contemporary History of Europe / Association Internationale d’Histoire Contemporaine de l’Europe, of which I am board member since 2016. I am also a member of the Centre for Business History in Scotland. I am a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.
I am Principal Investigator (PI) of the project EURECON, funded by a €1.5 million Starting Grant of the European Research Council (2017-2023).
I was also one of the PIs of the project the Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations (UPIER) funded €1.2 million grant from the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) consortium (2016-2019).
My contributions to the field of international economic history have been in five domains, which are interrelated. These are (a) European monetary cooperation and integration (and specifically the creation of the European Monetary System in the second half of the 1970s, which is the topic of my book A Europe Made of Money), (b) the development of European banking regulation and supervision, (c) the rise of both global and European economic governance, specifically the European Council created in 1974 and the G7 created in 1975, (d) the international debt crises of the 1980s, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, and more specifically Poland, and, bringing many of the above subjects together, (e) the history of capitalism.
My academic work and commentary has been featured in leading media outlets including Bloomberg, Il Sole 24 Ore, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal.
You can find more information about my CV, publications and presentations in the following pages of this site: