Juliette Levy
Associate Professor of History

Ph.D. History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003

M.Sc. Economic History, London School of Economics, London, UK, 1993

B.A. Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 1991

Areas of specialization: Latin American Economic History, Modern Mexico. Specifically history of informal markets and intermediaries, alternative credit mechanisms and markets




Professor Levy's teaching and research is informed by her academic pursuits, her previous careers in international banking and traditional media, and her numerous years living in Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in History from UCLA, Levy received her Master's in Economic History from the London School of Economics and spent the next four years working in finance in New York and Mexico City. Dr Levy's work researches the making of economic markets in Latin America within their legal, social, cultural and ethnic contexts. Her first book analyzes the development of credit markets in Yucatan during the nineteenth century. She is currently collaborating on cross-country comparisons of informal credit markets and has started research on her second book which will be set during the Mexican Revolution.


I am interested in how markets develop in the absence of formal institutions, but by that token I am interested in all types of informal arrangements, not just economic ones. I am also and not-so-secretly interested in film, music and all types of media, which is probably more obvious in my teaching than in my research.


  • The Making of a Market: Credit, Henequen and Notaries in Yucatán, 1850-1900, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.
  • "Handmaidens of finance: notaries and credit markets in a market without banksNotaries and Credit Markets in Nineteenth-Century Mexico," Business History Review, Volume 84, Issue 3, Autumn 2010.
  • "Una cuestión de interéses: El fin del mútuo usurario y el mercado de crédito hipotecario en Yucatán, 1850-1900,", American Latina en la Historia Económica, Fall 2011 (Mexico).
  • "Los orígenes de nuestro sistema financiero", Revista Expansión. Forthcoming special issue. Número especial para el centenario de la Revolución y el bicentenario de la Independencia de México, 2010.
  • "The Marriage Penalty: Women, Property Rights and Credit Markets in Yucatan 1850-1900," in the summer of 2008 (HAHR, 88:3, August 2008).


  • 2007-2008 UC President's Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities


  • Economic History Association
  • American Historical Association
  • All-UC Economic History Group
  • Social Science History Association


  • HIST 99W: The Historian's workshop
  • HIST 75: Introduction to Latin American History
  • HISA 162: 20th Century Latin America
  • HISA 163B: Modern Mexico
  • HISA 164B: The United States and Latin America since 1930
  • HIST 191: Senior Seminar in Latin American History
  • HIST 206B: Materials for Latin American History 1820-present
  • HIST 226: Special Topics in Latin American History