Maria Bach

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Economics
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Maria Bach is an historian of economics interested especially in nineteenth century Indian Economics. She completed her PhD in International Political Economy at King's College London. Her thesis analysed how Indian political economists constructed an idea of development at the turn of the nineteenth century. 

At AUP, she teaches courses on economic history, development economics and principles of macroeconomics in the Economics department. She is also co-teaching a First Bridge on the invention of money, debt and tax, which instructs first year students about the history of economics and how money, debt and tax may (or may not) keep our society together. She has previously taught economic history at the London School of Economics, as well as International Political Economy and Principles of Economics at King’s College London. 

From 2013 to 2014, she was a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris working on the New Approaches to Economic Challenges project.


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE 

MSc, Development Economics
The School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS

BA, Honours in International Economics and a Minor in Applied Mathematics
The American University of Paris, AUP


Bach, Maria. 2018. What laws determine progress? An Indian contribution to the idea of progress based on Mahadev Govind Ranade's works, 1870–1901, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 25(2): 327-356 DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2018.1435704 

Morgan, M.S. and M. Bach (2018) Measuring Development—from the UN’s Perspective. History of Political Economy, 50(1): pp. 193–210. doi:


Other Publications

Producer and Host of Ceteris Never Paribus - The History of Economic Thought Podcast

How the concept of 'economic development' was adapted for India in the late 19th-century

Conferences & Lectures

Séminaire Réseau en Épistémologie et en Histoire de la Pensée Économique Récente (REHPERE), July 2018
Panel at the Historikertag on The Global Knowledge of Divided Societies. The Measurement of Economic Inequality in Europe and the World since 1945, September 2018
Duke Summer Institute at the centre for History of Political Economy (HOPE), June 2018
European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) 22nd Annual Conference, June 2018
Guest Lecturer at Unil, Lausanne on the history of Indian Political Economy, Nov. 2017
Festival for New Economic Thinking, Edinburgh, Oct. 2017
Measuring Matters: Histories of Assessing Inequality at CRASSH, Cambridge University, July 2017
Economists in Action: Policy and Practise in the History of Economics Workshop, University of Notre Dame, London Campus, May 2017
European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) 21st Annual Conference, University of Antwerp, May 2017
Great industrialization debates at critical historical and contemporary junctures, Development Studies Association Annual Conference, Oxford University, Sep. 2016
European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) Annual Summer School, CNRS centre in Corsica, Sep. 2016
European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) 20th Annual Conference, Sorbonne Pantheon, Paris, May 2016
Young Scholar’s Initiative, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), History of Economic Thought Workshop at the European Society of the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) 19th Annual Conference, Roma 3 University, May 2015
New Pathways in the History of Political Economy, University of Cambridge, Jan. 2015
46th Annual Conference on the History of Economic Thought, Westminster University, London, Sep. 2014

Curriculum Vitae