Jonathan E. Robins

Jonathan Robins


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Assistant Professor of History

Global Issues course coordinator

  • PhD, University of Rochester, 2010
  • BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2004

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Globalization
  • Economic History
  • History of Imperialism and Colonialism
  • International Business Organization
  • Commodity Studies
  • History of Food

Recent Publications

  • Cotton and Race across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920 (University of Rochester Press: Rochester, 2016) Read More
  • Robins, Jonathan. “Lancashire and the ‘Undeveloped Estates’: Cotton and development in the British Empire,” Journal of British Studies 54, vol. 5 (2015) Read More
  • Robins, Jonathan. “ ‘A Common Brotherhood for their Mutual Benefit’: Sir Charles Macara and the Internationalization of the Cotton Industry.” Enterprise and Society 16, vol. 4 (2015), 847-888. Read More
  • Robins, Jonathan. “Coercion and Resistance in the Colonial Market: Cotton in Britain’s African Empire,” in Jonathan Curry-Machado (ed.), Global Histories, Imperial Commodities, Local Interactions, pp. 100-120. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Read More
  • Jonathan E. Robins. 2012. “Slave Cocoa and Red Rubber: E.D. Morel and the Problem of Ethical Consumption.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 54. 3: pp. 591-611. Read More
  • Jonathan E. Robins. 2010. “Colonial Cuisine: Food in British Nigeria, 1900-1914.” Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies 10. 6: 457-466. Special issue on Food and Power. Read More

Recent Funding

  • Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Blended Learning Grant: "Global Issues Blended Learning Initiative" (January 2015), with Don LaFreniere.
  • Hagley Exploratory Research Grant (2012)


  • “Invested in Empire: Political Elites and Imperial Business in Nigeria and Uganda,” paper to presented at the “Cooperation under the premise of imperialism” conference, University of Bern, June 2013.
  • “Lancashire and the New South: British fact-finding missions and the realignment of the global cotton industry”. Paper to presented at the British Scholar Society’s “Britain and the World” conference, University of Texas-Austin, March 2013.
  • “Lancashire and the ‘Undeveloped Estates’: Financing Cotton Growing Campaigns in Britain, 1902-1918.” Paper presented at the North American Conference on British Studies, Denver, November 2011.

Research Projects

  • Book project: The Black Man’s Crop: Cotton and Development in the Atlantic World
  • New research project: Palm oil and the globalization of West Africa, 1800-2000

Teaching Experience

  • New research project: Palm oil and the globalization of West Africa, 1800-2000
  • SS2561 – World History since 1500
  • SS3952 – Topics in World History
  • SS4500 – Historiography