Ms. Avella-Alaminos will focus her research on the historical analysis of the qualitative transformations that Mexican foreign trade went through between 1920 and 1950, the period during which the contemporary structure of Mexico s foreign trade emerged. Her aim is to understand the relationship between the performance of Mexican foreign trade and the domestic and external institutions, organizations and mechanisms which made it possible. Ms. Avella-Alaminos believes that understanding the contemporary evolution of Mexican foreign trade is important and relevant for today. At Yale, Ms. Avella-Alaminos will research the library collections on the topics of international relations, economics and global history. She will also audit courses dealing with the interwar period, economic contemporary history and theories related to international trade.