Simon Godard is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg. He holds a doctorate in history and is a lecturer in history at Sciences Po Grenoble and has been a member of the Pacte laboratory since September 2017.
In 2014, he defended a thesis in Cotutelle (University of Geneva, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) entitled "Building the 'block' by the economy. Configuring territories and socialist identities in the Conseil d'Aide Économique Mutuelle (CMEA), 1949-1989 ". This work, which exploits the East German and Soviet archives, as well as those of international organizations such as the CMEA and the UN, and interviews, questioned the role of international economic cooperation in building a socialist Europe during the cold War. It is the transnational socialization of economists from the USSR and the people's democracies working for the CMEA that is put forward as much as the parallels that can be established with the better known history of the emergence of an identity European community building in the West.
He continued his research between 2015 and 2017 at the Center for Social History of the 20th Century and at the IDHES of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne as post-doctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His work now focuses on the construction of economic expertise in the West European communist parties (French and German) in the interwar period and on the circulation of economic ideas (market, planning, worker co-management) between East and West of Europe in the 20th century.