Alex Royt

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Ph.D. Candidate

BEFH Graduate Fellow at the Wharton School


Alex Royt studies the economic and social history of Soviet and Modern Eurasia. While originally a scholar of international history and international political economy, he is current researching the merger movement in Soviet business during the inter-war years. This has brought his work in conversation with prominent themes in business and financial history, such as the growth of the firm and financial innovation. His dissertation seeks to make an interdisciplinary intervention into how the strategies of merger transformed the Soviet economy. 

He is currently a graduate fellow for the Business, Economic, and Financial History Project at the Wharton School, organized by the Wharton Initiative for Financial Policy and Regulation (WIFPR).  

He previously served as co-President of Clio, the history department's graduate student organization, in 2019-2020.

Advisor: Marc Flandreau

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/Modern Eurasia, Business History, Financial History, Social History, Economic History, Modern European Political Thought, Microeconomics.

Selected Publications

"The Gamestop bubble is an age-old financial craze with a modern twist," Washington Post, January 29, 2021. (