Alex Royt

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Ph.D. Student


Alex Royt studies the economic history of Stalinism and the centrally planned economy it gave birth to. Focusing on oft-ignored banking and accounting practices, his current research examines how Soviet industrialization was financed across Stalin's Great Break (1928-1929). His previous research examined how the structure of Soviet foreign policy was shaped by the rescue of the gold exchange standard during the 1920s.

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

Advisor: Peter Holquist

Committee Members: Peter Holquist, Ben Nathans, Marc Flandreau, Warren Breckman.


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, Business History, Economic History, Financial History, Cultural History, Modern European Political Thought, Social Theory.