Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Globalisation
  • History of international relations
  • International organisations, UN
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Western and Central Europe



PhD, Princeton University
Trained in modern world and intellectual history (Princeton, 2010), my work traces the world historical emergence, diffusion and transformation of concepts and cultural and economic dynamics. In particular, I am interested in the ways that individuals as well as local and global institutions have responded to, made sense of, and then influenced the bundle of interconnected phenomena collated under the term globalisation. My first book (forthcoming), A Violent Peace: Media, Truth and Power at the League of Nations, used the archives of the League of Nations to write a global concept history of the inter-war crisis, which fundamentally re-thinks the connections between mass media, authoritarian politics, and mass violence between 1919 and 1939. I have since also written a methodological piece on the intersections between world and institutional history. 

Each of my current projects focuses in some way on the relationships between mythology, religion and/or  “mental states,” as a point of entry for the re-thinking the history of global capitalism. My current book project, Mythos-Economicos: Archaic Analogies and Modern Economics, explores the prevalence of mythological references and analogies in economic theory from the 18th century to the present era. Each chapter is organised around the  metaphorical reverberations of specific myths. The goal is not only to revisit the use of these metaphors by economic theorists, but also to revisit the history of economics partially as a fundamentally myth-making enterprise, ever embedded within the structures of a particular world historical conjuncture. 




  • Global Flesh and Spirit: The Information Age as Seen from the League of Nations. Manuscript, forthcoming 2016.

Published articles

  • “The League of Nations and Alternative Economic Perspectives.” In Jayati Ghosh, Rainer Kattel & Erik Reinert, eds. Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, Edgar Elgar Publishing LTD (Cheltenham, U.K), Forthcoming January, 2016.
  • “The Meek Shall not Inherit the Earth: Nationalist Economies, Ethnic Minorities, and the League of Nations 1919-1939.” In Christoph Kreutzmueller, Michael Wildt and Moshe Zimmerman, Eds. National Economies: Volks-Wirtschaft, Racism and Economy in Europe Between the Wars, Cambridge Scholars, (Newcastle, U.K), August 2015.
  • “On a Certain Blindness in Economic Theory: the Firm, the State and the Macro-Micro Divide, 1926-1937.” In Sophus Reinert and Robert Fredona, eds. The Legitimacy of Power: New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy, forthcoming, TBA.
  • “Reversing the Curse of Babel? International Language Movements and Inter-war Chasms.” in Patrick Manning (ed.) World History: Global and Local Interactions (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2005), pp. 179–194.
  • “Inter-War Years” in William H. McNeill et al (ed) Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History volume III (Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2005) pp. 1018-1022

Articles in Progress/Under Review 

  •  “The Linguistic Pivot: Patterns in the Early Information Economy, 1850-1929,” Article in progress

Book Reviews

  • Patricia Clavin (2013) Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946. Journal of Modern History, Forthcoming
  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2006) and Paul Krugman, Development, Geography and Economic Theory, (combined review) Global Atlanta, January 1, 2013
  • F. Ugboaja Ohaegbulam (2002) West African Responses to European Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.  Itinerario 28: 2 (2004) pp. 174-175
Carolyn N. Biltoft
Carolyn N. Biltoft

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