Tuesday Seminar Series: From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Mexico


Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Casey Lurtz, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

Across the late nineteenth century, a huge expansion in export agriculture drove economic growth throughout Latin America. This talk uses the case of coffee in Mexico to examine how that growth was both constructed and constrained by local participants seeking to take advantage of new global demand. It makes that case that we need to move beyond a story of foreign extraction if we are to understand the extend and endurance of the export boom.

casey_lurtzCasey Lurtz is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and was previously the Newcomen Fellow at the Harvard Business School. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago. Her research examines globalization from the perspective of rural Latin America.