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Biography

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the project entitled 'Asset-based Inequality in the Age of Asset Management'. I joined the Department of European and International Studies at King’s College in March 2020 to work as research associate at Professor Johnna Montgomerie's ESRC-funded Rebuilding Macroeconomics project ‘Opening the Black-Box of the household’. Previously, I taught International Political Economy at the University of Sussex where I obtained a DPhil in International Relations, entitled ‘German Banking and the Rise of Financial Capitalism, A Case of Extraverted Financialisation’. I hold an MA in Global Political Economy (University of Sussex) and a BSc in International Economics and East Asian Studies (University of Tübingen and Tongji University Shanghai).

Research

  • Feminist Political Economy
  • Financialisation
  • Banking
  • Inequality
  • Comparative Political Economy

I am interested in the political economy of financialisation, focusing on transformations in banking and retail finance, and the corresponding impact on inequality. Using a feminist political economy approach, my Leverhulme project investigates how everyday asset management and global asset management interact to produce new forms of debt-based and asset-based inequalities in the UK and US.

My PhD project developed a novel conceptualisation, called extraverted financialisation, to frame the transformation of large German banks towards a US-form of finance. Expanding on this project, I am particularly interested in the uneven nature of the USD-based global financial architecture. I focus on how this has shaped financial globalisation, innovations in banking and offshore finance, and European banks’ involvement in USD funding markets and speculation.

Teaching

The City of London and Global Financial Centres 

Latest publications

Beck, Mareike 2022 The managerial contradictions of extroverted financialization: the rise and fall of Deutsche Bank. Socio-Economic Review

Beck, M, Knafo, S & Sgambati, S 2022 Leveraging financial claims: transatlantic bank struggles and the power of US finance. In B Braun & K Koddenbrock (eds), Capital Claims: Power and Global Finance. Routledge (forthcoming)

Beck, M 2021, 'Extroverted financialization: how US finance shapes European banking', Review of International Political Economy.

Beck, M & Knafo, S 2020, Financialization and the Uses of History. in P Mader, D Mertens & N Van der Zwan (eds), The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization. Routlege, pp. 136-146.

Beck, M & Germann, J 2019, 'Managerial power in the German model: the case of Bertelsmann and the antecedents of neoliberalism', Globalizations, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 260-273.