Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
The William R. Rhodes Center

Political Economy of Finance Summer School


Monday, June 17 –
Friday, June 21, 2024

The summer school will connect promising young researchers with some of the leading scholars of finance. Those interested in attending should apply via the following link (Deadline: February 1, 2024)

Dates 17-21 June 2024

Organizers Benjamin Braun (Max Planck) and Mark Blyth (Brown)

Location Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Brown University

Funded by Stone Inequality Initiative; The Rhodes Centre for International Finance and Economics; Hewlett Foundation

Concept Who will finance the green transition? Are states that want to too scared of the bond market? Why are private equity firms seemingly everywhere? Why are Global Asset Managers the same folks that give ESG ratings? Finance is at the heart of the political economy of capitalism, but studying it can be difficult. Because of the technical knowledge required, barriers of entry are high. Young scholars of finance outside of economics often lack that depth of knowledge and a community of like-minded colleagues within their disciplines who can help them fill that gap. The good news: Some of the brightest social scientists in the field are eager to share their expertise, at the first ever “political economy of finance summer school”.

The summer school will connect promising young researchers with some of the leading scholars of finance. Our goal is to provide world-class training, while building an intellectual community in an excitingly interdisciplinary field.

Format Multi-topic multi-day workshops (details below). PhD applicants who are within a year of submitting their dissertation can indicate their interest in staying for the whole week

PhD student workshop topics (June 17 & 18)
Finance and the non-financial economy
Finance and the state
Skills: Balance sheets, data sources & more
Making and sustaining financial hierarchies
Finance and inequality
Finance, U.S. power, and geopolitics
Finance and decarbonization

Early career scholars workshop topics (June 19-21)
Capitalist development and financing regimes
Capitalism with institutional capital pools
Fault lines in financial capitalism
Skills II: Complex datasets, APIs & more
Finance and climate change

Adam Goldstein
Benjamin Braun
Charlotte Robertson
Daniela Gabor
Gregor Semieniuk
Iain Weaver
Irene Monasterolo
J.W. Mason
Lenore Palladino
Mona Ali
Quentin Bruneau

Application The summer school is open to US and internationally-based PhD and early career scholars (including postdocs) from economics, economic geography, history of economics, political science, and sociology. The cost of travel to and from Providence, as well as hotel accommodation during the summer school, will be covered for all participants.

Application materials
1) Cover letter addressing your motivation to attend (no more than one page)
2) CV
3) Writing sample: a project description or draft chapter/paper for PhD students; a paper or published article for junior scholars

Submit materials as a single combined pdf via the link below. The application deadline is February 1, 2024.

Questions? email: rhodes_center@brown.edu