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Molly Catherine Ball

C.Phil, October 2008; M.A. Latin American History, UCLA, June 2008; B.A. Spanish and History, Clemson University, May 2005


Fax: 310-206-7833
E-mail: mollyball@ucla.edu mollycball@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae


Latin America since 1759; Latin American, 1492-1830; economic history

Research Interests

My dissertation uses a set of wage and wage-related data to examine the nature of inequality and industrialization in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, during the Old Republic. Early twentieth century immigration, the international labor market and identifying wage determinants are also key features of my research.


Edward A. Alpers with Molly Ball "Portuguese Diasporas: A Survey of the Scholarly Literature." in Michel Cahen, Ed. Imperial Migrations: Colonial Communities and Diaspora in the Portuguese World. Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).

Grants and Awards

Hoxie Bonus Funds Summer Research Travel Stipend (Summer 2010)
UCLA, Department of History

Undergraduate RAship and travel stipend (Winter, Spring 2010)
UCLA, Center for Economic History

Boren Fellowship (Winter, Spring 2008)
National Security Education Program

Fulbright-Hays (2008-2009)
US Department of Education

Exploratory Travel and Data Grant (Summer 2008)
Economic History Association

Travel Grant (Summer 2007)
UCLA, Center for Economic History

Chancellor's Fellowship (Fall 2006-Spring 2012)
UCLA, Graduate Division


Dr. William Summerhill
Dr. Leah Boustan
Dr. Naomi Lamoreaux
Dr. Kevin Terraciano

Conference Presentations

"Immigrants in the São Paulo Labor Market: 1900-1930"/"Los Imigrantes en el Mercado de Trabajo de São Paulo: 1900-1930", Congreso Latinoamericano de Historia Económica II, Mexico City, Mexico. February 3, 2010.

"Os serviços públicos em São Paulo: grande empregadores na República Velha." Fundação Energia e Saneamento, Encontro sobre Fontes e Pesquisas em Energia. São Paulo, Brazil. October 17, 2009.

"Origins of Industrial Inequality: São Paulo, 1889-1930," Latin America Studies Association XXVIII International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June 13, 2009.

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