A development political economist by training, Miguel is interested state-led industrialization efforts and how industrial policy can be a tool for economic development and international cooperation in a globalized world.
Miguel comes to Stanford with global experience in higher education, government and the nonprofit sector. Before joining SGS as Program Coordinator for the Abbasi Program & the Mediterranean Studies Forum, he worked as program coordinator at the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. In 2015, he served as economic advisor in a gubernatorial campaign in his native state of Michoacán, in Mexico. Previously he served as a legislative and policy assistant in the San Francisco City Government and as programs assistant at the Asia Society.
He received his B.A. in Political Economy & Political Science from UC Berkeley, specializing in late industrialization and international relations. His M.A. thesis at Central European University analyzed the role trade unions played in shaping industrial policy during the postwar era in corporatist Argentina and South Korea. His academic career also includes studies at Osaka University in Japan and the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. Miguel is a regular columnist for several newspapers in Mexico (including Reforma and La Voz de Michoacán) and has written for El Universal and The Diplomat on topics concerning economic development and international affairs, particularly in the Asia-Pacific. He is currently writing on Development, Industrialization and Statecraft, tracing the historical evolution of government economic policy since the Industrial Revolution and exploring relevant lessons for contemporary developing economies.
Outside of Stanford Miguel leads the Michoacan International Trade and Cooperation Council, a nonprofit operating in rural Mexico, and serves on the boards of the Federation of Michoacanos of Northern California and the Asia Society Young Professionals Group. He also advises the Mexican government on migration, economic policy and international cooperation.