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Michele Alacevich is Associate Research Scholar at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the History Department of Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. in international business history from Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy (2006). His Ph.D. thesis on the political economy of the World Bank was published by Stanford University Press (2009) and translated in Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and Russian. Other publications on the history of postwar development ideas and organizations have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, including History of Political Economy, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Global History, Development, Rivista di Storia Economica, The Journal of Modern Italian Studies, and the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. At Columbia, Dr. Alacevich teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars on the history of development ideas and U.S. foreign relations. In the past, he has taught international economic history and the history of international organizations.

After defending his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Alacevich was hired by the World Bank (2006-2008) to conduct historical research on the economic policies of borrowing countries, the influence of Bank economists on these policies, and the Bank’s organizational changes. From there, he moved to post-doc positions at Columbia University and Harvard University. At the Heyman Center, Dr. Alacevich has contributed to shape an innovative program on the history of the disciplines and a program on the history of the ideas of development that have strengthened the position of Columbia University as a major hub of historical scholarship on development.


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Development and Underdevelopment in Postwar Europe

Article | Oct 1, 2014

The question of underdevelopment and development policies in postwar Europe will be the theme of a workshop organized by Michele Alacevich, Sandrine Kott, and Mark Mazower, at Columbia University, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Friday, October 10, 2014. The program is available here. Below are some of Alacevich’s insights on the issue leading up the event: