TitleHarvard-Newcomen Fellow

Casey M. Lurtz is the Newcomen Fellow in Business History. She received her PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago in 2014, where her research focused on the history of rural economies in Mexico. She uses the history of institutions, theories of development, and fine-grained work in local archives to explain the varied outcomes of Latin America's agricultural engagement with world markets and the ways in which those interactions were mediated and experienced locally. 
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Casey M. Lurtz is the Newcomen Fellow in Business History. She received her PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago in 2014, where her research focused on the history of rural economies in Mexico. She uses the history of institutions, theories of development, and fine-grained work in local archives to explain the varied outcomes of Latin America's agricultural engagement with world markets and the ways in which those interactions were mediated and experienced locally.

Dr. Lurtz is currently working on a manuscript entitled Exporting from Eden: Coffee, Migration, and the Development of the Soconusco, Mexico, 1867-1920. The book uses the development of the coffee economy of southern Mexico to argue that local needs and efforts exerted considerable influence over the shape of state- and foreign-driven modernization projects in rural Porfirian Mexico. The work 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. Her next project looks more broadly at the shifts in rural economies across nineteenth century Mexico, focusing on the manner in which land reform, national modernization projects, and increased connections to global trade alternately reinforced and reshaped local socioeconomic structures.

Book Chapters

Lurtz, Casey M. “El restablecimiento del órden: La negociación de poder local en el Soconusco después de la Revolución de Tuxtepec.” In Historia de Chiapas, edited by Justus Fenner and María Dolores Palomo Infante. Mexico: Biblioteca Milenio, forthcoming. View Details