Dr Sebastian Alvarez

PhD Geneva, MA Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, BA National University of Cordoba, Argentina


Dr Sebastian Alvarez is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Faculty of the University of Oxford and an Associate Research Fellow at St Hilda's College. He is a research member of the project Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations (UPIER).

Dr Alvarez is an economic historian and his research interests are financial crises and comparative contemporary banking history. He studies the foreign expansion of Latin American banks in the decade leading to the international debt crisis of 1982 and the political economy of the subsequent debt renegotiating process. The aim of his research is to understand what risks and vulnerabilities banks create when they go international and how their dependence on foreign capital affects the negotiating position of their home governments when facing international creditors in the event of a financial crisis.

Dr Alvarez has been awarded the Prix de la Relève 2016 by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences and a number of fellowships by the SNSF, the European Commission and the French government. He holds a PhD in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva, a MA in Economics from the University of Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne and a BA in Economics from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.


Mexican Banks and Foreign Finance: From Internationalization to Financial Crisis, 1973-82,” Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming July 2019)

“A Fatal Flaw: Domestic Banks and Mexico's International Negotiating Position in the 1982 Debt Crisis,” Revista de Historia Económica - Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, August 2018

"Venturing Abroad:  The Internationalisation of Mexican Banks prior to the 1982 Crisis," Journal of Latin American Studies, 2017.

"The Mexican Debt Crisis Redux: International Interbank Markets and Financial Crisis, 1977-1982," Financial History Review, Financial History Review, April 2015, v. 22 (1), p. 79-105.

"Trade finance and Latin America's lost decade: The forgotten link" (with Juan H. Flores), Investigaciones de Historia Económica - Economic History Research, June 2014, v. 10 (2), p. 127-139.