I am a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic world. My research interests broadly include the global history of Latin American commodities and the entangled histories of technology, capitalism and the environment in the Caribbean.
I work at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where I am an Assistant Professor of History and Economic Institutions.
I have held teaching and research positions at several universities, including the Pompeu Fabra University, El Colegio de México, the European University Institute and the University of London. I was educated in Madrid and Cambridge and have spent time as a visiting scholar at the universities of Harvard, Nottingham, Linköping, UCLA, and the Max Planck Institute.
My first book, Institutionalising Patents in Nineteenth-Century Spain (Palgrave-Macmillan), examined the development of the Spanish patent system in the years 1826 –1902, providing a fundamental reassessment of its evolution in an international and imperial context.
I have also published the volumes The Caribbean and the Atlantic World Economy: Circuits of Trade, Money and Knowledge, 1650-1914 (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, Palgrave, 2015) and Technology and Globalisation: Networks of Experts in World History (Palgrave, 2018).
My recent publications include articles in the journals History of Technology, Global Environment, Historia Mexicana, Business History, Ayer, Latin America in Economic History, and Artefact. My writings have also appeared in several edited volumes published in Europe, the United States and Mexico, such as the Oxford Handbook of Commodity History.
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Prof. Dr. David Pretel
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid, Spain