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Grace A. Ballor

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Email    gballor@ucla.edu
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Grace Ballor is a Ph.D. Candidate in UCLA's Department of History, focusing on the economic history of twentieth century Europe. Her dissertation research investigates the role played by multinational firms in European integration and the development of the European Union. This multidisciplinary project requires work in English, French and German-language archives across Europe, and puts her in conversation with political scientists, economists, and historians. 

In addition to her research agenda, Grace has also taught and lectured for several courses at UCLA -- both on campus and online --, ranging from the Western Civilization course sequence to Twentieth Century Eastern Europe, a seminar on the European Union and a course on Neoliberalism and Globalization. Grace is currently teaching a year-long graduate seminar on pedagogy. 

Fields of Study

Modern Europe
Economic History
European Union
Political Economy
Business History


Dissertation Overview: With the rise of American and Asian firms in the 1960s and 1970s, fueled by technological revolutions, deregulation and financialization, European companies in comparison found themselves increasingly relegated to the margins of the globalizing economy. In response and with confidence inspired by the early steps toward integration, many European firms regionalized, expanding beyond their domestic markets and into a larger regional market. In addition to the development of these regional supply and value chains, European multinational firms also appealed for further integration by means of organized interest groups, service as policy consultants, regional industry associations and interpersonal networks between firm executives and politicians in Brussels. By the mid 1980s, these efforts helped to re-launch the stalled integration process with the Single Europe Act, and by 1992 the Internal Market was complete. By conducting case studies of firms from three primary economic sectors and situating them within the broader history of European integration, this dissertation project examines European multinational firms as agents of integration. This dissertation project is part of a larger research agenda on the economic history of modern Europe, centered around themes of political economy, capitalism, and the relationships between society and economy.



UCLA College Magazine - Feature on Women Leading Social Science - July 2017

Grants and Awards

2017 Research Fellow, Foundation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017 International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship
2017 Center for Economic History Primary Research Grant
2016-2017 Eugen Weber Chair Research Grant
2016 Center for Economic History Primary Research Grant
2015-2016 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Paris, France
2016 European and Russian Studies Endowed Award, Division of Social Sciences, Munich, Germany
2016 Center for European and Russian Studies International Conference Travel Grant
2016 Global Health Institute Women’s Health and Empowerment Fellowship
2016 European Union Studies Association Ernst B. Haas Research Fellowship, Berlin/Wolfsburg, Germany
2015 Center for European and Russian Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
2014-2015 Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship
2014 All-UC Economic History Group Research Grant, UC Berkeley
2014, 2015 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship
2014 Departmental Research Travel Award
2013 Departmental Travel Grant
2013 Peter Reill Research Travel Fellowship
2008-2012 University Award
2008-2012 Aspiring Scholar Award

Conference Presentations

2017 Workshop on the History of European Integration, European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy
2017 Council for European Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland
2017 Stanford US Russia Forum, Stanford, CA
2016 Berliner Forschungskolloquium Wirtschafts- und Socialgeschichte: Universität Humboldt zu Berlin, Germany
2016 European Business History Association World Congress, Bergen, Norway
2016 Conflict and Development Conference, UC Irvine Center for Global Conflict Studies, All-UC Economic History
2015 Council for European Studies 22nd International Conference, Sciences Po, Paris
2015 European Union Studies Association Conference, University of Pittsburgh
2014 Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Conference on the E.U., University of Victoria, British Columbia Canada
2014 Automotive History Society Conference, Stanford University
2013 Graduate Conference for Historians, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Ivan T. Berend (History, UCLA)
Dr. Mary Yeager (History, UCLA)
Dr. Naomi Lamoreaux (History and Economics, Yale)
Dr. John Agnew (Geography, UCLA)


Ph.D. History, University of California, Los Angeles 2018 (Expected)
C.Phil. History, University of California, Los Angeles 2015
M.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles 2014
B.A. History, Political Philosophy, International Economics, University of Dallas 2012