Isabella Weber is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University. Her first book How China Escaped Shock Therapy has won numerous academic awards. For her work on inflation she has been included on the TIME100 Next, Bloomberg 50 Ones to Watch and Capital 40 under 40 lists. Her second book on the role of essential sectors for economic stability is under contract with the University of Chicago Press as well as for seven translations. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Economics from The New School for Social Research.