According to Paul Krugman, I must have been a terribly wicked person in my past life. After training as a physicist at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, I did a brief stint in economics at El Colegio de México to then join the Science Studies Unit of the University of Edinburgh, where I completed my graduate studies in 2010. Throughout this transition from physics to sociology my interests have remained broadly the same: I am interested in understanding the central yet contested role of markets in the constitution of modern societies.
While my early work looked at the development of a new measure of inefficiency in artificial financial markets, my current research explores the production of markets at the intersection of culture, organizations and technology. Combining theoretical insights from economic sociology and science and technology studies, I am currently working on a book, tentatively titled Automating Finance, where I examine the moral, political and organizational struggles that underpinned the automation of modern stock markets. This serves as a means for understanding the emergence of algorithmic and high frequency trading as well as some of the challenges that finance might face in the future.
My next book project, tentatively titled The Architectures of Liberty: Market Gardeners, Intellectuals, and Urban Planners in Enlightenment England, traces the history of London’s urban markets in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as an opportunity to explore connections between the reorganization of cities and elites, the re-embedding of market regulation, and the emergence of liberal political thought. Here, my concern is not only with the marketplace as an object of design, aesthetics, everyday practices and calculated construction but also on its role as a generative site of politics.
In addition to these larger projects, I also study art markets, emerging technologies, ‘big data’, and am currently collaborating with Carrie Friese and Nathalie Nuyts of the London School of Economics on the project Care as Science.