Grace Ballor is a Max Weber Fellow (2018-2019) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She holds a PhD in History from the University of California, where she completed doctoral research on the role of the private sector in the process of European integration. As a Max Weber fellow, Grace will finalise the publication of her first manuscript and begin work on a new book project, which will examine the effect of European integration on small and medium sized enterprises. Grace has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses on various subjects, including Integration and the European Union and Western Civilization History. She will pursue a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Graduate Institute, Geneva in 2019-2020.