I am a historian specialising in global history, science and technology studies, and the history of Latin American commodities, with an ever-increasing interest in the role of empires in the globalisation of intellectual property rights.
I live in Mexico City, where I teach at the Center for Historical Studies, El Colegio de Mexico. From October 2020, I will be based at the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Germany.
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 UCLA. 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 at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Havana.
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