Isabella Weber

PERI Research Associate and Research Leader in China Studies;
Assistant Professor of Economics

Isabella M. Weber (Ph.D., University of Cambridge and Ph.D., The New School for Social Research) is the Research Leader for China of the Asian Political Economy Program at PERI and an Assistant Professor of Economics at UMass. She was previously a Lecturer (tenured) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the principal investigator of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)-funded research project “What drives specialisation? A century of global export patterns.” Isabella holds an M.Phil. and M.A. in Economics from The New School for Social Research, a B.A. from Free University Berlin and studied Chinese at Peking University. She is the author of the forthcoming book How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate (discussed in this interview). Her work combines economic theory, economic history and China studies to examine the interaction between economic thinking, policy and long-term structural patterns in periods of deep social transformation. Her research has been awarded the 2018 Warren Samuels Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in History of Economic Thought and Methodology and the 2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars’ Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade. She has regularly served as a China expert for BBC News and as adviser to members of the German parliament on China issues.

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