Gilles Bransbourg is the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society in New York. He won the French nationwide Concours Général award in History at the age of 17 in 1982 and then studied Economics, Mathematics and Statistics in Paris at Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique from 1983 to 1990. He became a market economist, then specialized in financial derivatives, and held executive positions in the banking sector. He stepped down from his last position in 2005, in order to engage fully with his lifelong passion, history.
By 2010, Bransbourg had completed a PhD in History at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
He joined NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in 2009, first as a Visiting Research Scholar and then Research Associate since 2012, and the American Numismatic Society in 2011 as an Adjunct Curator, then Associate Curator, then its Deputy Director, and most recently as Executive Director. He curated the exhibition Signs of Inflation at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2012, and supervised the implementation of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Online Coins of the Roman Empire.
His research deals with comparative economic and monetary history. He has published extensively in a range of academic journals, conference proceedings, and books, providing chapters or sections to “ La Politique Monétaire de l'Euro” (2009), “Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Premodern States” (2015), “Le Gouvernement des Citoyens” (2017), and “Debasement: Manipulation of Coin Standards in Pre-Modern Monetary Systems” (2020). Among numerous contributions to economic history, he has published as well “Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire” as ISAW Papers 3 (2012), « Capital in the Sixth Century: the Dynamic of Tax and Estate in Egypt » in Journal of Late Antiquity (2016), which addresses the question of fiscal fairness across the social spectrum in Late Antiquity, and coauthored with Roger Bagnall, as ISAW Papers 14 (2019), “The Constantian Monetary Revolution.”
A frequent guest speaker in academic colloquiums and venues, he lectured in Economics at Sciences Po between 1990 and 1994, at the Executive Master of Finance of Sciences Po between 2007 and 2015, at New York University in 2017, and has been offering a graduate seminar at ISAW since 2018.
Bransbourg was made a knight in the French Order of the Académiques Palmes in 2014. As a financial consultant and committed to philanthropic endeavors, he serves on several boards and financial committees and advises or helps a range of institutions, foundations and corporations in Europe and the US. He has contributed to the establishment of an English-French dual language curriculum in New York public schools.