Recent Presentations


  • “La diversidad de unidades agrícolas mexicanas en 1899,” delivered at the XV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México (Guadalajara, Mexico), September 2018.

    • Tableau data visualizations for the presentation are available here

  • “Community Accountability: Municipal Courts and Micro-lending in 19th Century Mexico,” delivered at the World Economic History Congress (Boston), August 2018.

  • “Creating Nueva Alemania: The Erasure of Ladino and Indigenous Planters in Southern Mexico,” delivered at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference (Barcelona, Spain), May 2018.

  • “Breaking Codes: Local Enactment of Civil and Commercial Codes in Mexico,” delivered at the American Historical Association annual conference (Washington, D.C.), January 6, 2018.


  • “Decoupled Development: Infrastructure and Latin America’s Export Boom beyond Railroads and the State,” delivered at the Social Science History Association annual conference (Montreal), November 1, 2017.

  • “From Desert to Development: Coffee and the Transformation of Mexico’s Eden,” delivered at the American Society of Environmental History annual conference (Chicago), April 1, 2017.

  • “From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Mexico,” David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, (Harvard University), February 28, 2017.


  • "Small Time Credit Networks in Chiapas during the Export Boom,” History of Capitalism Conference (Cornell Univ.), September 30, 2016.

  • “Developing the Mexican Countryside: The Department of Fomento’s Social Project of Modernization,” Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference (New York), May 29, 2016.

  • "'Will You Take a Mule Instead?' Dealmaking, Delay, and Liberalism in 19th Century Mexico," Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (Harvard University), March 29, 2016.



  • “Rethinking the Porfirian Countryside: Export Agriculture and Rural Development in Chiapas,” Inaugural Cátedra Katz, Katz Center for Mexican Studies (University of Chicago), October 30, 2015.

  • “Marketing Mexico: Promoting National and Foreign Investment in Agriculture in the Late 19th Century,” paper delivered at “The Political Economy of Food: Grown Locally and Consumed Globally” (Harvard Business School, Boston, MA), June 12, 2015.

  • “National Rhetoric, Local Concerns: The Mexico-Guatemala Border as Seen from the Soconusco,” paper delivered for the Borderlands and Frontiers Studies Committee Meeting at the annual Conference on Latin American History (New York), January 3, 2015.



  • “Dividiendo terrenos, consolidando propiedad: mercados en cambio en el Soconusco, Chiapas, 1890-1915," paper delivered at the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México (Chicago, IL), September 20, 2014.

  • “Securing Labor, Freeing the Worker: The Debate over Debt Peonage in Porfirian Southern Mexico,” Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, (University of California, San Diego), April 16, 2014.

  • “Negotiations at the Border: Local Experiences of the Guatemala-Mexico Frontier in the Nineteenth Century,” paper delivered at the annual Conference on Latin American History (Washington, D.C.), January 3, 2014.



  • “Investment or Immigration? Foreign Planters in Turn-of-the-Century Soconusco,” conference paper presented at the annual American Historical Association conference and Conference on Latin American History (New Orleans, LA), January 6, 2013.



  • “Construyendo una economía cafetalera en el Soconusco, Chiapas: Los primeros pasos después de Tuxtepec,” Seminario Interinstitucional de Historía Económica, (Colegio de México, Mexico City), August 20, 2012.

  • “Consolidation from Within: Non-Chiapaneco Mexicans in the Soconusco,” paper delivered at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, (San Francisco, CA), May 25, 2012.

  • “Connecting Chiapas: Coffee and the Expansion of Transportation Networks in Late 19th-Century Soconusco,” paper delivered at the annual Conference on Latin American History, (Chicago, IL), January 6, 2012.