Lopez ALonso - 2014


 Moramay Lopez Alonso

Associate Professor of History

Email: moramay@rice.edu Phone: X2249 Office: 313 Humanities


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2000
  • M.A. Stanford University, 1999
  • Licenciatura en Economia, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 1994

Areas of Interest

  • Economic History
  • Political Economy
  • Social Science History
  • Biological Standards of Living
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Demography
  • Comparative History
  • Mexico
  • Latin America
  • Western hemisphere

Research and Teaching

Professor López-Alonso is available to advise students interested in Latin American History and Economic History, and can offer graduate seminars in those fields. She is glad to serve as a general examiner or as a dissertation committee member for graduate students in the department when that fits their interests.

Selected Publications

  • Measuring Up: A History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2012)
  • Physical Stature of Men in Eighteenth Century Mexico: Evidence from Puebla (with Agustín Grajales Porras), Economics and Human Biology, Spring 2011.
  • “A Historical Perspective of Economic Development on the Northern Mexico Border” US-Mexico Border Program, James Baker III Institute for Public Policy, October 2010.

  • “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the History of the Western Hemisphere,” book chapter in Teaching and Studying the Americas, edited by Anthony B. Pinn, Caroline F. Levander and Michael O. Emerson. Palgrave, 2010.
  • “Paradoxes of Growth: The Standards of Living of the Mexican Working Class, 1850-1950 in Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750-2000, edited by Ricardo D. Salvatore, John H. Coatsworth and Amílcar E. Challú. Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2010.
  • “Growth and Inequality: Standards of Living in Mexico, 1850-1950,” Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 39 part 1, February 2007.
  • “Niveles de vida biológicos: el caso mexicano” in Desarrollo Económico Comparado, España y México, Lecturas del Fondo de Cultura Económica, December 2007

Current CV