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Dr Ingrid Bleynat is interested in development from a historical perspective. Her PhD (Harvard University, 2013) is a social and political history of Mexico City’s municipal markets from 1867 to 1958. It shows how the interactions of small-scale market vendors with the government and other social groups and classes transformed the city’s markets, shaping the contours of popular politics and the state in modern Mexico.

In addition to turning her dissertation into a manuscript, she is working on two further papers on inequality in Mexico from 1800 to the present. She is also working on the political economy of social conflict in Argentina over the twentieth century. Before undertaking her historical studies she trained as an economist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 


Ingrid is a historian working on the social, economic and political history of Latin America, especially on Mexico and Argentina. She has written on the relationship between informal politics and corruption in Mexico in the 1940s and 1950s (Journal of Latin American Studies, 2017).

She is now completing a book on the role of Mexico City’s public markets in Mexican development from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. She shows how vendors were integral to processes of social and political change, and to the consolidation of the Mexican state in the mid-twentieth century.




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