John H. Coatsworth Biography

John H. Coatsworth is Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs in the Department of History at Harvard University. Coatsworth received his BA degree in history from Wesleyan University in 1963 and his MA (1967) and PhD (1972) in economic history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At Harvard, he also serves as director of the recently founded David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Coatsworth’s research has focused primarily on the social and economic history of Mexico and the international history of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. His most recent book, The United States and Central America: The Clients and the Colossus (1994), surveys U.S.-Central American relations, focusing on the era since World War II.


Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare and Development, 1750–2000, edited by John H. Coatsworth, Ricardo Salvatore, and Amilcar Challu Cambridge, Mass.: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2010.

The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America, 2 vols., edited with Victor Bulmer-Thomas and Roberto Cortes Conde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Culturas Encontradas: Cuba y los Estados Unidos, Rafael Hernández y John H. Coatsworth (coordinadores). La Habana: Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello; Cambridge, Mass.: Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos David Rockefeller, Universidad de Harvard, 2001.

Latin America and the World Economy since 1800, edited by John H. Coatsworth and Alan M. Taylor. Cambridge, Mass.: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 1998.

Central America and the United States: The Clients and the Colossus, by John H. Coatsworth. New York: Twayne Publishers; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994.

Images of Mexico in the United States, edited by John H. Coatsworth and Carlos Rico. San Diego: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1989.

Growth against Development: The Economic Impact of Railroads in Porfirian Mexico, by John H. Coatsworth. DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 1981.