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Casey Lurtz

Casey Lurtz

PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago


Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

Research Project

“Exporting from Eden: Coffee, Migration, and the Development of the Soconusco, Mexico, 1867-1920"

Research Interests

  • Modern Mexico
  • Rural and Agrarian History
  • Social and Economic History of Latin America
  • Migration
  • Indigenous History


Casey Lurtz is a doctoral candidate in Latin American history focusing on the social and economic history of Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She received her AB from Harvard College in History and Literature. Her current research uses the development of the coffee economy of southern Mexico to argue  that local needs and efforts, not state mandate or foreign interests, dictated the shape of modernization 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 research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant as well as numerous awards from the University of Chicago.

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