Isabella Weber

Associate Professor
219 Gordon Hall



Ph.D., Economics, The New School for Social Research, 2019
Ph.D., Development Studies, University of Cambridge, 2018
M.A., Economics, The New School for Social Research, 2015
B.A., Political Science (with Economics minor), Freie Universität Berlin, 2012

Professional Experience: 

2019-present Assistant Professor of Economics, Present Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2017-2019 Lecturer in Economics (tenured) Goldsmiths, University of London


Econ 204 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Econ 306 History of Economic Thought (undergraduate)

Honors and Awards: 

2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars’ Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade for Ph.D. Thesis (Cambridge)
2018 Warren Samuels Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
2018 Goldsmiths International Engagement Fund Award
2018 Goldsmiths Research and Enterprise Committee Award
2015 Vice Chancellor’s Award, Cambridge Trust
2010-2012 Social Science Research Training Award, German National Academic Foundation


  • 2019-20 ESRC Rebuilding Macroeconomics Research Grant, “What Drives Specialisation? A Century of Global Export Patterns”, (Principal Investigator), $80,780 (GBP60,452)
  • 2017-2021 China National Social Science Foundation Major Research Grant, (named researcher), PI: Prof. Cheng Lin, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • 2016 Fudan University, Research Institute for China’s Economy, visiting research grant
  • 2016-2017 Suzy Paine Fund, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge, fieldwork grant
  • 2016-2017 The Universities’ China Committee London, fieldwork grant
  • 2016 Young Scholars Initiative Conference Award by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the European Society for the History of Economic Thought
  • 2016-2017 Visiting Scholarship, Tsinghua University, School for Public Policy and Management
  • 2016 Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, Greta Burkill Grant
  • 2016 Cambridge Political Economy Society, fieldwork grant
  • 2015 The New School for Social Research, conference travel grant
  • 2013-2019 The Dean’s Merit Scholarship, The New School for Social Research
  • 2013-2015 European Recovery Program (ERP) Fellowship, German Federal Ministry of Economy and German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • 2010-2011 German National China Scholarship Program, German National Academic Foundation
  • 2007-2015 German National Academic Foundation Prize Scholarship
  • 2007-2015 Villigst National Prize Scholarship


  • 2020: Society for the Advancement of Social Economics, online; European Congress on World and Global intellectual History, Turku (cancelled); History of Economics Annual Conference, online; Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston (cancelled); Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, Boston
  • 2019: Development Studies Association Annual Conference
  • 2018: British Association of China Studies Annual Conference, London; International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy Annual Conference, Pula; The History of Economic Thought Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Oxford
  • 2016: 40th Anniversary Conference of the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Cambridge; Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, Paris; Ricardo Conference, Royal Economic Society, Ricardo Society of Japan, School of  riental and African Studies, London
  • 2015: The Nation-State and the World Economy between Two Eras of Globalization, 1913 – 1975, Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative, Pisa; Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Taipei
  • 2014 Eastern Economics Association, Boston