Manuel Bautista González
Field: United States
Advisor: Elizabeth Blackmar
Manuel A. Bautista González (Mexico City, 1984) is a second-year student in the U. S. History doctoral program at Columbia University, funded by CONACYT, Mexico, and Columbia's Richard Hofstadter Fellowship. Manuel specializes in U. S. economic and financial history. For his graduate work at Columbia, Manuel intends to study the consequences of the use of Mexican silver pesos as legal tender in the United States during the first half of the 19th century. Manuel is also interested in global history, Latin American history, the history of economic thought, and the history of economics as a discipline and profession.
Manuel obtained a 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 was broadcasted by National Geographic, TV UNAM and TVE, among other television networks.
After a brief experience in commercial banking, Manuel became 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 on 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.
Manuel has presented research papers on the monetary history of Mexico (19th and 20th centuries), as well as a paper on the role of Jeffrey Sachs in the Bolivian economic stabilization process in the 1980s. Manuel is a graduate student intern at the Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, where he is processing and creating a finding aid for the Leon Fraser Papers. He is also the rapporteur of the Economic History Seminar at Columbia University.