Massimo Asta


Economy and Society



Massimo Asta is an Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History of NOVA University of Lisbon, associate researcher at Robinson College, and affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. He taught at Sciences Po, in Paris, in 2017 and 2018. He published Girolamo Li Causi, un rivoluzionario del Novecento 1896-1977 (Carocci, 2018), and co-edited The Value of Work since the 18th Century. Custom, Conflict, Theory and Measurement (Bloomsbury, 2023).

Research fields

  • Modern and contemporary European history
  • History of economic thought
  • Labour history
  • Left politics
  • Intellectuals

Selected publications

  • Asta, Massimo. “Le partisan et l’academique. Retour sur le Traité marxiste d’économie politique, 1971,” Histoire@Politique 48 (2022). [PDF]
  • Pinto, Pedro Ramos & Massimo Asta (Eds.). The Value of Work since the 18th Century. Theory, Measurement, Custom and Conflict. London: Bloomsbury, 2023. [link]
  • Asta, Massimo. “Intellectual History as History of Engagement? The French Scholarship,” Modern Intellectual History 19 (2022): 649–659. [PDF]
  • Asta, Massimo. Girolamo Li Causi, un rivoluzionario del Novecento (1896-1977). Rome: Carocci Editore, 2018. [link]

Main projects

  • Individual project “Engaged Economists: A social and Intellectual History of Political Commitment and Heterodox Economics in Europe (1900s-1950s)” — Hosted by the IHC and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (2021.03264.CEECIND). 2022-2028
  • Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship with the project “Engaged economists. Politics, Profession and Economics in the Left-Wing Commitment, 1930s-1960s” — Hosted by the University of Cambridge and supervised by Pedro Ramos Pinto (Grant agreement ID: 837524). 2019-2021


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