Manuel Alejandro Bautista González

Doctoral Candidate in United States History at Columbia University in the City of New York, Preceptor in the Core Curriculum at Columbia College

    Manuel A. Bautista González (Mexico City, 1984) is a doctoral candidate in United States History at Columbia University in the City of New York. Manuel specializes in American economic, business, entrepreneurial, financial, banking and monetary history. For his dissertation, Manuel studies the concurrent use of domestic and foreign currencies as means of payment and their relationship with interregional and external trade circuits and financial markets in antebellum New Orleans. Manuel is also interested in Mexican and Latin American history, global history, the history of economic thought, the history of economics as discipline and profession, the methodology of economics and economic history, as well as the broader relationship between history, economics and other social sciences. 


    Manuel obtained a Licenciate (B. A.) in economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he specialized in economic theory and economic history. After graduation, Manuel worked as an economist, creative planner and host of “Expedición 1808”, a TV series that revisited the bicentennial of the independence wars in Spanish America. This public history project produced by Nao Films for the Mexico City Government was broadcasted in National Geographic (Latin America), TV UNAM (Mexico) and TVE (Spain), among other TV channels. The series is also available via YouTube.


    Following a stint in commercial banking at Scotiabank, Manuel became a research assistant to Carlos Marichal (El Colegio de México) for a project on the history of global financial crises. At El Colegio de México, he helped developed a portal of sources for the study of the global economy. In addition, Manuel was an executive and research assistant to Luis Jáuregui (Mora Institute) in the Mexican Economic History Association. He was also a teaching assistant in Mexican economic history courses (undergraduate level) and lecturer of microeconomics (postgraduate level) at UNAM.


    Between January 2008 and October 2015, Manuel was a co-editor of the mailing list and social media of the Mexican Economic History Association (AMHE). Most recently, Manuel was elected member of the Executive Committee 2013-2016 of AMHE. He has also been a member of the editorial board of the NEP-HIS blog since February 2012 and became deputy editor of the blog on April 2017. In July 2015 he became a founding member and chair of the research network Histories of / Historias de USA-MEX.


    In 2012-2013, Manuel was a graduate student intern at the Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at Columbia, where he processed and created a finding aid for the Leon Fraser Papers. Between 2012 and 2014,  Manuel has worked as a teaching assistant to David Weiman, and Alan Dye (Barnard College), Pablo Piccato, William Deringer, Eric Foner, Kenneth Jackson, and Caterina Pizzigoni (Columbia University) and Matthew Vaz (City College of New York). Manuel was rapporteur of the Economic History Seminar at Columbia University from August 2012 to October 2014. Manuel taught the course "Slavery and Finance in Nineteenth-Century America" at Columbia College in the Spring semester of 2017. He is a preceptor in Contemporary Civilization at Columbia College in the 2017-2018 academic year.

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