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Michele Alacevich

Professore associato

Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali

Settore scientifico disciplinare: SECS-P/04 STORIA DEL PENSIERO ECONOMICO

Curriculum vitae

MICHELE ALACEVICH

Associate Professor of History

Department of Political and Social Science

University of Bologna, Italy

Associate Professor of Economic History (Habilitation – Italian Ministry for University and Research)

Associate professor of History of International Relations and History of Non-European Societies and Institutions (Habilitation – Italian Ministry for University and Research)

Associate Professor of Political Economy (Habilitation – Italian Ministry for University and Research)

Associate Professor of Economic Policy (Habilitation – Italian Ministry for University and Research)

 

E-mail: michele.alacevich@unibo.it

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy, School of Political Science, History Department, 2006. Full scholarship.

B.A. Università degli Studi di Milano, 2002, magna cum laude.

 

HONORS

Loyola University Maryland, Summer Research Grant 2016

Loyola University Maryland, Dean’s Supplemental Fund Grant 2015-16

University of Genova, Visiting Scholar, Summer 2015

Loyola University Maryland, Hanway Faculty Development Grant 2015

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, SHAFR Global Scholars Grant, 2014

Institute for New Economic Thinking -- INET, Research Grant 2014-15

Diplomatische Akademie Wien, Research Scholarship, 2014-15 [declined]

Diplomatische Akademie Wien, Research Scholarship, 2013-14

Harvard University Center for European Studies, Visiting Scholarship, 2010-2011

Columbia University Research Scholarship, the Italian Academy, 2009-2010

Harvard University Center for European Studies, Visiting Scholarship, 2009-2010 [declined]

Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy Post-doctoral Research Scholarship, 2008-2010

Banca d’Italia (Italian Central Bank), Research Scholar Grant, 2009

Princeton University, Princeton Library Research Grant 2008

Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy Post-doctoral Research Scholarship, 2006-2008

Duke University Research Grant 2006, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Storep (Italian Association for the History of Political Economy), Award for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal by a junior researcher, 2006

Duke University Research Grant 2004, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Aispe (Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought), “Costantino Bresciani Turroni” Award for the best paper presented by a junior researcher, 2004

The World Bank, Special Access to the World Bank Group Archives, 2004

American University, School of International Service, Research Fellow, 2004

Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy Full Ph.D. Scholarship, 2003-2006

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

The Political Economy of Development Economics. A Historical Perspective, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018 FORTHCOMING (edited with Mauro Boianovsky)

A Short History of Inequality, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2017 (with Anna Soci)

The Political Economy of the World Bank. The Early Years, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009

  • Translations: Russian (Ves Mir), French (Editions ESKA), Arabic (Al-Ahram) and Spanish (Mayol Ediciones); (Italian ed. Bruno Mondadori 2007).
  • Reviewed in EH.net, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of European Economic History, Enterprise & Society, Storia del Pensiero Economico, Il Sole 24 Ore, L’Indice, Il Manifesto, Realtà Industriale, Choice, Il Mestiere di Storico, Boletin Cultural y Bibliografico, Moneta e Credito, The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development

Economia politica. Un’introduzione storica, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2009 (with Daniela Parisi)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Planning Peace”, Past and Present FORTHCOMING

“The Birth of Development Economics: Theories and Institutions,” History of Political Economy, 2018 FORTHCOMING

“The Political Economy of Development Economics: A Historical Interpretation,” History of Political Economy, 2018 FORTHCOMING

“Theory and Praxis: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Development Economics,” History of Political Economy, Vol. 49 (2017), pp. 264-291

“Devising Routines for Project Appraisal at the World Bank, 1945-1975”, in Philip Scranton and Daniel Raff (eds.), The Emergence of Routines, New York: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 288-313

“Albert Hirschman and the Rise and Decline of Development Economics”, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 34, n. 2 (2016), pp. 13-39

“Not a Knowledge Bank: The Divided History of Development Economics and Development Organizations,” Social Science History, Vol. 40, n. 4 (Winter 2016), pp. 627-656

“Harvard Meets the Crisis: U.S. Fiscal Policy in the 1930s and the Political Economy of Lauchlin B. Currie, Jacob Viner, John H. Williams and Harry D. White,” Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 37, n. 3, 2015, pp. 387-410 (with Pier Francesco Asso and Sebastiano Nerozzi)

“Introduction”, in Michele Alacevich, Jeremy Adelman, Victoria de Grazia, Ira Katznelson and Nadia Urbinati, “Albert Hirschman and the Social Sciences: A Memorial Roundtable”, Humanity, Vol. 6, n. 2 (2015), pp. 265-267

“Hirschman’s Development Journey and the Rise and Fall of Development Economics”, in Michele Alacevich, Jeremy Adelman, Victoria de Grazia, Ira Katznelson and Nadia Urbinati, “Albert Hirschman and the Social Sciences: A Memorial Roundtable”, Humanity, Vol. 6, n. 2 (2015), pp. 281-286

“The Shaping of Public Economic Discourse in America: the 1947 Meat Shortage and Franco Modigliani’s Meat Plan”, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 33, n. 1, 2015, pp. 3-42 (with Pier Francesco Asso and Sebastiano Nerozzi)

“Visualizing Uncertainties, or how Albert Hirschman and the World Bank disagreed on project appraisal and development approaches,” Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 36, n. 2 (June), 2014, pp. 137-168

“Postwar development in the Italian Mezzogiorno. Analyses and Policies,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Vol. 18, n. 1, 2013, pp. 90-112 [augmented version of “La svolta del Sud e la modernizzazione a metà,” in Cosimo Perrotta and Claudia Sunna (eds.), L’arretratezza del Mezzogiorno. Le idee, l’economia, la storia, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2012, pp. 170-194]

“The World Bank and the politics of productivity: The debate on economic growth, poverty, and living standards in the 1950s,” Journal of Global History, Vol. 6, n. 1, 2011, pp. 53-74 [translated in Italian as “La Banca Mondiale e la politica della produttività. Il dibattito su crescita economica, povertà e tenore di vita negli anni cinquanta,” in Mauro Campus (ed.), Nuove ricerche di storia internazionale, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2012, pp. 33-62]

“Early Development Economics Debates Revisited,” Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 33, n. 2 (June), 2011, pp. 145-171

“The World Bank’s Early Reflections on Development: A Development Institution or a Bank?” Review of Political Economy, Vol. 21, n. 3 (July 2009), pp. 227-244 [translated in Italian as “Agenzia per lo sviluppo o banca? Visione e strategia della Banca Mondiale negli anni cinquanta e sessanta,” QA – Rivista dell’Associazione Manlio Rossi-Doria, 1-2010, pp. 15-35]

“Money Doctoring After World War II: Arthur I. Bloomfield and the Federal Reserve Missions to South Korea,” History of Political Economy, Vol. 41, n. 2, (Spring 2009), pp. 249-270 (with Pier Francesco Asso)

“L’economia dello sviluppo come istituzione: alcune riflessioni a partire dal dibattito tra Albert Hirschman e Lauchlin Currie,” Rivista di Storia Economica, vol. XXIII, n. 1, 2007, pp. 81-110

“The Changing Meaning of Development: SID in the Early Decades,” Development, vol. 50, Special Issue, 2007, pp. 59-65

“Post-war Economic Policies for Development: Lauchlin B. Currie, and The World Bank in Colombia,” Storia del pensiero economico, Vol. II, n. 1 (2005), pp. 73-92

“Tra conservazione e innovazione: la Banca Mondiale e la modificazione del concetto di sviluppo, 1946–1981,” Istituzioni e sviluppo economico, vol. 2, n. 2, 2004, pp. 93-116

Book Chapters and Other Publications

“Varieties of Economic Nationalism: Latin America and Europe”, in Alexandre Mendes Cunha and Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak (eds.), The Political Economy of Latin American Independence, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, pp. 253-268

“Albert Hirschman”, in Jayati Ghosh, Rainer Kattel & Erik Reinert (eds.), Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2016, pp. 456-474

“Il Piano Marshall, l’Italia e il Mezzogiorno”, in La Cassa per il Mezzogiorno. Dalla salvaguardia dell’Archivio alla promozione della ricerca, Roma: Archivi di Stato, 2015, pp. 91-101

“Albert Hirschman Observed”, afterword to Albert O. Hirschman, Development Projects Observed, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2015 [1967], pp. 175-190

“The United States and the International Economic Organizations, 1990s-present”, in Robert E. Wright and Thomas W. Zeiler (eds.), The Guide to U.S. Economic Policy, Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2014, pp. 405-419

“Visualizing Uncertainties, or how Albert Hirschman and the World Bank disagreed on project appraisal and development approaches,” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6260, Washington, D.C., The World Bank, (November 2012)

“La svolta del Sud e la modernizzazione a metà,” in Cosimo Perrotta and Claudia Sunna (eds.), L’arretratezza del Mezzogiorno. Le idee, l’economia, la storia, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2012, pp. 170-194

“Presentazione,” in Douglass C. North, John Joseph Wallis, and Barry R. Weingast, Violenza e ordini sociali. Un’interpretazione della storia, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012, pp. 7-16

“Shaping Monetary Constitutions for Developing Countries: Some Archival Evidence on the Bloomfield Missions to South Korea (1949-1950),” in Robert Leeson (ed.), American Power and Policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009, pp. 243-266 (with Pier Francesco Asso)

“Developing Cities. Between Economic and Urban Policies in Latin America After World War II,” in Richard Arena, Sheila Dow and Matthias Klaes (eds.), Open Economics, Abingdon: Routledge, 2009, pp. 190-208 (with Andrea Costa)

“The World Bank and Development: The Early Years,” EABH Bulletin, (December 2008), pp. 2-8

“The World Bank Early Reflections on Development: A Development Institution or a Bank?” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 4670, Washington, D.C., The World Bank, (August 2008)

“Early Development Economics Debates Revisited,” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 4441, Washington, D.C., The World Bank, (December 2007)

“Emerging Trends: Fifty Seminal Articles from the International Development Review and Development – 1959-2006,” Development, vol. 50, Special Issue, 2007, pp. 131-132 (with Wendy Harcourt)

“Lo stile di un macroeconomista: metodo e retorica degli editoriali di Franco Modigliani,” in Franco Modigliani, L’impegno civile di un economista. Scritti editi e inediti sull’economia e la società italiana, a cura di Pier Francesco Asso, Siena: Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena e Protagon Editori, 2007

“L’utilizzo delle fonti archivistiche della Banca Mondiale: una nota,” Storia del pensiero economico, Vol. III, n. 1 (2006), pp. 224-228

“Heilbroner: economista della storia,” in Robert L. Heilbroner, Il capitalismo del XXI secolo, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2006

“L’esperienza riformista del New Deal all’interno della Banca Mondiale,” ItalianiEuropei, vol. III, n. 1 (2006), pp. 241-248

Book Reviews

Review of Giovanni Farese and Paolo Savona, Il banchiere del mondo. Eugene Robert Black e l’ascesa della cultura dello sviluppo in Italia, Rubbettino: Soveria Mannelli, 2014, Il mestiere di storico, 1/2015, p. 159

Review of Shahrukh Rafi Khan, A History of Development Economics Thought: Challenges and Counter-challenges, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014, History of Economic Thought & Policy, 1/2015, pp. 120-122

Roundtable review of Nick Cullather, The Hungry World. America’s Cold War Battle against Poverty in Asia, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010, Il mestiere di storico, 2/2012, pp. 27-30

Review of Michael E. Latham, The Right Kind of Revolution: Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2011, Technology and Culture, 2012

Review of David A. Phillips, Reforming the World Bank. Twenty Years of Trial – and Error, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, Enterprise & Society, 2011

Review of Bruce Kuklick, Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006, Storia del Pensiero Economico, Vol. VI, n. 1 (2009), pp. 188-191

Review of B. Dan Wood, The Politics of Economic Leadership: The Causes and Consequences of Presidential Rhetoric, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007, Storia del Pensiero Economico, Vol. VI, n. 2 (2009), pp. 180-182

“Teoria e pratica dell’economia dello sviluppo: una biografia di W.A. Lewis,” Review article of Robert Tignor, W. Arthur Lewis and the Birth of Development Economics, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005, Storia del Pensiero Economico, Vol. IV, n. 2 (2007), pp. 187-193

Translations (from English to Italian)

Branko Milanovic, The Haves and the Have-Nots, New York: Basic Books, 2010 [Branko Milanovic, Chi ha e chi non ha. Storie di disuguaglianze, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012]

Douglass C. North, John J. Wallis and Barry R. Weingast, Violence and Social Order, Cambridge University Press, 2010 [Douglass C. North, John J. Wallis and Barry R. Weingast, Violenza e ordini sociali, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012 (revision – publication’s curator)]

Branko Milanovic, Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005 [Branko Milanovic, Mondi divisi, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2007]

Amartya Sen, “Identity, Poverty, and Human Rights,” speech delivered in Rome, Italy, in 2006 [Amartya K. Sen, “Identità, povertà e diritti umani”, in Amartya K. Sen, Piero Fassino, Sebastiano Maffettone, Giustizia Globale, Milano: Il Saggiatore, 2006]

Thomas Schelling, The Strategy of Conflict, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960 [Thomas Schelling, La strategia del conflitto, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2006 (publication’s curator)]

Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly J. Silver, Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999 [Giovanni Arrighi e Beverly Silver, Caos e governo del Mondo, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2003]

Larry Allen, The Global Financial System, 1750-2000, London: Reaktion Books, 2001 [Larry Allen, Il sistema finanziario globale. Dal 1750 a oggi, Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2002 (revision)]

Works in progress

Planning Peace. Development Policies in Postwar Europe – book project

Albert O. Hirschman. The Political Economy of Reform-mongering – book project

“The Making of a Development Economist: Paul Rosenstein-Rodan and the Birth of Development Economics”

“The Culture of Backwardness in the Italian Mezzogiorno”

“Beyond the Marshall Plan: Backwardness in Europe and Development Policies Worldwide”

“The World Bank and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1947-49”

 

EMPLOYMENT

University of Bologna 2017-to date, Associate Professor of History

Loyola University Maryland 2014-2016, Director of Global Studies and Assistant Professor of History

Columbia University 2011-2014, Associate Research Scholar / Associate Director for Research Activities, Heyman Center for the Humanities

Columbia University 2011-2012, Program coordinator of the Blinken European Institute at Columbia University (2011-2012)

Harvard University 2010-2011, Visiting Fellow, Center for European Studies

Columbia University 2009-2010, Associate Research Scholar, the Italian Academy

Università degli Studi di Trento 2006-2008, Master in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

The World Bank 2006-2008, Development Economics Group, Consultant, Economic History Specialist

 

INVITED LECTURES AND SEMINARS

University of Padova, Italy: “Fair is Fair. International historical perspectives on Social Justice”. “Discovering and Forgetting Social Issues at the World Bank”, September 15, 2016

University of Geneva, “Development Policies and the Balance of Payments in Postwar Europe”, May 26, 2016

Duke University, Center for the History of Political Economy, 2016 HOPE conference: “Becoming Applied: The Transformation of Economics since 1970”

“Theory and Praxis: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Development Economics”, April 1, 2016

Loyola University Maryland, “The Italian Mezzogiorno in International Perspective”, November 18, 2015

Johns Hopkins University – History Department, “The European roots of the postwar global development challenge”, October 22, 2015

INET – Institute for New Economic Thinking Workshop on Economic History, Senior Speaker: “The Making of a Development Economist: Paul Rosenstein-Rodan and the Birth of Development Economics”, January 25, 2015

4th ESHET Latin American Conference, Belo Horizonte, Conference plenary speaker: “Nationalism and Economic Development in Latin America”, November 20, 2014

INET – Institute for New Economic Thinking Workshop on Economic History, Senior Speaker: “Development Planning in Postwar Europe”, October 24, 2014

“Development and Underdevelopment in Postwar Europe” conference, Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities, “Planning Peace: Development Policies in Postwar Europe”, October 10, 2014

École normale supérieure de Cachan, Paris, I History of Recent Social Science Conference, “Not a Knowledge Bank: The Divided History of Development Economics and Development Organizations”, June 13-14, 2014

Università L’Orientale, Napoli, Italy, Department of Social Sciences, “Planning Peace. Development Policies in Postwar Europe”, May 27, 2014

University of Siena, Italy, 8th Annual Conference on the History of Recent Economics (HISRECO), “The Making of a Development Economist: Paul Rosenstein-Rodan and the Birth of Development Economics”, May 24, 2014

Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities, “Calculating Capitalism” conference, “Visualizing Uncertainties vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis: Albert Hirschman and Project Evaluation”, April 26, 2014

University of Madrid Carlos III, Department of Social Sciences, “Planning Peace. Development Policies in Postwar Europe”, April 8, 2014

Columbia University, Blinken European Institute, A discussion of Jürgen Kocka’s “The Promises and Critiques of Capitalism: Changing Discourses Since the 18th Century”, with Jürgen Kocka, Martha Howell, Richard John, Sudipta Kaviraj, and José Antonio Ocampo, March 28, 2014

University College London, School of Slavonic & East European Studies, “Development policies in postwar Europe and the birth of development economics”, January 21, 2014

Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities, “Albert Hirschman and the Social Sciences”, December 10, 2013, with Jeremy Adelman, Victoria de Grazia, Ira Katznelson and Nadia Urbinati

Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Economia, “Planning peace. Postwar European reconstruction and the global development challenge”, October 21, 2013

École normale supérieure de Cachan, Paris, “Visualizing Uncertainties, or how Albert Hirschman and the World Bank disagreed on project appraisal and development approaches”, June 15, 2013

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Hagley Museum and Library, “The Birth of Project Appraisal at the World Bank, 1945-1975”, November 1-2, 2012 and April 19-20, 2013

Cambridge University, Faculty of History, “Planning Peace. Development Policies in Postwar Europe”, April 15, 2013

The World Bank, Development Economics Research Group, The World Bank Group Archives, “Development Policies and Historical Analysis”, October 25-26, 2012

OECD, Central Bank of Italy, and Istituto Banco di Napoli, “The Marshall Plan and development policies for the Italian Mezzogiorno”, July 5, 2011

Columbia University, Seminar in Modern Italian Studies, “The Postwar Global Quest for Development and the Italian Mezzogiorno. Ideas, People and Institutions, 1947-65”, February 11, 2011

Harvard University, Center for European Studies, “Post-war Reconstruction and Long-term Development Policies: the World Bank and Italy, 1947-65”, October 27, 2010

New York University, Center for the United States and the Cold War, “Beyond the Marshall Plan: The World Bank and Italy during the Cold War”, September 23, 2010

Università di Roma Tre, Roma, Economics Department, “The Political Economy of the World Bank in Historical Perspective”, May 26, 2010

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, “La economía política del Banco Mundial. Los primero años”, April 22, 2010

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, “Así se reconstruye la historia del Banco Mundial”, April 22, 2010

Columbia University, Institute of Latin American Studies, “The Political Economy of Development. The World Bank and Colombia between the 1940s and the 1960s”, March 9, 2010

Columbia University, The Italian Academy, “The World Bank and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1947-49”, February 24, 2010

Columbia University, The Italian Academy, “The World Bank Loans to Italy and the History of Postwar Development Policies”, October 28, 2009

Università L’Orientale, Napoli, Italy, Department of Social Sciences, “Avanti tutta-indietro tutta: la Banca Mondiale e la lotta alla povertà”, November 25, 2008

George Mason University, Center for Study of Public Choice, Summer Institute for the Preservation of the History of Economic Thought, “The Rise and Fall of the World Bank Economic Department. Economic Research at the World Bank in the Early 1950s”, July 15, 2008

The World Bank, The World Bank Group Archives, “The evolution of development economics and the role of the World Bank”, December 6, 2007

Università di Firenze, Italy, School of Political Science, Department of Studies on the State, “Le origini della Banca Mondiale. Una deriva conservatrice”, May 18, 2007

Università di Milano, Italy, School of Political Science, Dept. for the History of Societies and Institutions, “Multilateral Economic Institutions in Historical Perspective”, February 17, 2005

 

Referee for:

Journal of Global History

Cold War History

History of Political Economy

The Journal of the History of Economic Thought

Storia del Pensiero Economico

Review of International Political Economy

Review of Political Economy

History of Economic Thought & Policy

Columbia University Press

Il Mulino (publisher)

Pearson Bruno Mondadori (publisher)

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University

Italian Studies

Cornell University Press

Journal of Modern Italian Studies

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada

Polish National Science Center

 

Member of the following journals’ editorial boards:

Journal of the History of Economic Thought

History of Economic Thought and Policy

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology

 

LANGUAGES

English: fluent speaking, reading, and writing

Italian: native

Spanish: working reading competence; basic speaking

French: basic reading and speaking

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