Welcome to my website! I am a historian specialising in global and imperial history, science and technology studies, and the history of capitalism, with an ever-increasing interest in the history of commodity production in the Caribbean and Central America.
I am based in Mexico City, where I am a visiting research professor at the Center for Historical Studies at El Colegio de México.
I have studied and worked in seven countries. I was educated at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the University of Cambridge; while pursuing my PhD I spent time as a visiting student at the universities of Bristol, Nottingham and the UCLA Center for Economic History. Before coming to Mexico, I was an EHS junior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), a postdoctoral research associate at Trinity Hall (Cambridge University), and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. More recently, I was a lecturer and researcher in economic history at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Havana.
"Ever Tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett
Dr. David Pretel