Ted Beatty

Professor of History and Global Affairs

Ted Beatty

238 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-7038

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Ted Beatty

Professor of History and Global Affairs


Comparative economic history; history of technology; development studies; Latin American and Mexican history

At the Keough School

Ted Beatty is professor of history and global affairs in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.



A professor of history and global affairs at Notre Dame, Beatty specializes in economic development in Latin America, especially Mexico. He has examined the role of institutions in economic development, the intellectual and material bases of policy formation, and the history of technological change. He served as interim director of the Keough School’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies from 2007 to 2009 and as associate dean for academic affairs in the Keough School from 2015 to 2023. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Research and Publications

Beatty is the author of Institutions and Investment: The Political Basis of Industrialization in Mexico before 1911 (Stanford University Press, 2001) and Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (University of California Press, 2015), winner of the Friedrich Katz Prize for best book on Latin America and the Caribbean from the American Historical Society.

Beatty has received research support from the National Science Foundation, the Instituto de Iberoamérica at the Universidad de Salamanca, and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He is currently working on an NSF-funded project with Israel Garcia Solares which examines the global history of engineering between the 1870s and the 1930s.

Recent Work