Alex Royt

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Ph.D. StudentGondos-Beers Graduate Fellow


Alex Royt studies global financial history with a focus on late imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. He is interested in the history of financial innovation and accounting in centrally planned economies. His previous research examined how the structure of Soviet foreign policy was shaped by Bolshevik responses to the international monetary crisis of the early 1920s. His current research concentrates on the financial roots of Soviet industrialization during NEP and the first Five-Year Plan.

He currently serves as co-President of Clio, the history department's graduate student organization.


Advisor: Peter Holquist

Committee Members: Peter Holquist, Ben Nathans, Marc Flandreau.


M.Sc., International and World History, London School of Economics, 2018
M.A., International and World History, Columbia University, 2018
B.A., History and German (with honors), Binghamton University, 2016

Research Interests

Soviet History, European History, Global History, Financial History, Modern European Political Thought.