Alex Royt

Ph.D. Student


Alex Royt examines the financial and cultural history of the Soviet experiment. His previous research has explored Bolshevik responses to the international monetary crisis of the early 1920s. His current research concentrates on the global production of economic knowledge. Currently, this research is split into two strands.The first strand focuses on the logic of state reforms in late imperial Russia. This research interrogates the contentious ethos of liberalism in the Russian context. The other strand analyzes the global institutional context of Soviet forays into finance, how this thinking framed the relationship between state and economy, as well as how shifting institutional arrangements of rural life shaped Soviet financial policy.


Advisor: Peter Holquist


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, Modern European History, Financial and Cultural History, Production of Economic Knowledge, Social Theory and the Histories of State Formation.