Sofia Valeonti

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Economics and Management

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Professor Valeonti arrived at AUP in 2021. Before AUP, she was a research fellow at Duke University. She holds a PhD in Economics from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Valeonti is a historian of economics, especially interested in the history of monetary ideas and policies of 19th century US. Her research focuses on the interplay between economic theory, policy, and visions of economic development in the context of the monetary policy debates of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period (1865-1879). She is currently focusing her research to shed light on the role of monetary policies and ideas in the building of American capitalism during the Civil War and Reconstruction period, with particular emphasis on the way monetary policies affected the economic policies related to the status of the newly emancipated slaves.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2020)
  • M.A. in History of Economic Thought (Master 1 & Master 2), University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2015)
  • B.A. in Economics, University of Crete (2013)


Journal Articles

  • Valeonti, Sofia. 2020. “Simon Newcomb’s Monetary Theory: A Reappraisal.” The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 27 (6): 837 52. 2.
  •  Valeonti, Sofia. Forthcoming. “Henry C. Carey’s Monetary Thought and American Industrialization in the Greenbacks Debate.” History of Political Economy.


Book Review

  • Valeonti, Sofia. 2020. Review of Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy: Politics and Law in the Early American Republic, by Eric Lomazoff. History of Economic Ideas. (3)154-156.


  • Associate researcher, PHARE, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne-History of Economics Society (HES) 
  • European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET)
  • European Historical Economics Society (EHES)

Research Areas

  • Monetary and banking economics
  • History of monetary theories and ideas
  • International money and finance
  • U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction (1865-1879)

Awards, Fellowships and Grants


  • Research fellowship, Center for the History of Political Economy, Duke University, 2020-2021.
  • Research and teaching assistant fellowship, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2018-2020.
  • PhD program fellowship, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2015-2018.

Academic Recognition

  • Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholar, for the 2019 History of Economics Society Annual Conference (HES), Columbia University, June 20-23, 2019.
  • Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholar, for the 2018 History of Economics Society Annual Conference (HES), Loyola University Chicago, June 14-17, 2018.
  • ESHET Young Scholar Seminar, at the 21st Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), University of Antwerp, May 19, 2017.

Travel awards

  • Research grant, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, for archival research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library of Congress, July-August 2017.

Curriculum Vitae