In my scholarship and teaching, I bring historical methods and social theory to bear on the analysis of continuing and unfolding crucial debates. My research incorporates both empirical and analytical work drawn from the social sciences as it applies to problems of technological change, industrialisation, colonialism and globalisation.
I am also associated researcher at the IBC Network and at the research project "The livelihood of humanity and the sustainability of the environment" funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
1) Institutions and cultures of innovation during the second industrial age, particularly the colonial and metropolitan patent systems in modern Spain.
2) International technology transfer and the globalisation of expertise from 1820 to 1930, particularly the place of the Caribbean in the knowledge networks of the Atlantic World.
3) Technological change and commodity frontiers in the Mayan area (c. 1850-1940).
4) Technology and the Developmental State in Mexico (1930s-1980s).