Sebastian Alvarez is a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History, University of Geneva. His research focuses on sovereign debt and banking and financial crises during the Mexican and Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s. To investigate these issues he employs historical as well as empirical methods. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Latin American Studies, the Financial History Review and the Investigaciones de Historia Económica – Economic History Research. He has been awarded the Prix de la Relève 2016 by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as a Doc.Mobility scholarship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the EMUNDUS18 scholarship by the European Commission and the Eiffel scholarship by the French government. He has been visiting student at the Stern School of Business, New York University and the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. Outside of the academy he has worked as research fellow in think tanks and the public sector. He holds a Phd. in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva, a Master in Economics from the University of Paris 1 – Pantheon Sorbonne and a Bachelor in Economics from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.