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Casey M. Lurtz
Johns Hopkins University
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Immigration History / Studies
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Mexican History / Studies
Research and Methodology
Rural History / Studies
Social History / Studies
I am a historian of modern Latin America and an assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. My research focuses on points of convergence between rural societies and global circulation from the nineteenth century forward. I am interested in exploring the shifting control of land, labor, credit, and knowledge that shaped communities across the countryside through the lenses of commodity circulation and agricultural modernization.
My first book From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico, uses the development of the coffee economy of southern Mexico to explain how engagement with global markets was shaped by resilient local political and social structures. The project also engages the history of global migrations and provides a picture of localized international commerce in the hands of Mexican and foreign planters, merchants, and politicians.
I received my Ph.D. with distinction in Latin American History from the University of Chicago in 2014. I was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International & Area Studies from 2015 to 2017 and the Harvard-Newcomen Fellow in Business History at the Harvard Business School from 2014-2015. Previously, I was a fellow at the UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies from 2013-2014.