Jonathan E. Robins
- Assistant Professor of History
- Undergraduate History Major Coordinator
- PhD, University of Rochester, 2010
- BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2004
Areas of Expertise
- History of Globalization
- Economic History
- History of Imperialism and Colonialism
- International Business Organization
- Commodity Studies
- History of Food
- Scheduled: “Transnational business encounters in the twentieth century: informal company
networks, cartels and business interest associations compared.” World Economic History
Conference, Economic History Association and International Economic History Association,
Boston, July-August 2018.
- Scheduled: “Suited to Malaya? Origins of the Oil Palm Industry in Colonial Malaysia.”
American Society for Environmental History conference, Riverside, CA, March 2018.
- Scheduled: “Nucleus Estates and Pioneer Mills: Models for Development in the Oil Palm
Industry.” African Studies Association conference, Chicago, November 2017.
- “Capitalists, smallholders, and states on the oil palm frontier.” Global Commodity
Frontiers in Comparative Historical Context workshop, Commodities of Empire British
Academy Research Project (Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced
Study, University of London and the Institute of the Americas, University College),
and the international ‘Commodity Frontiers’ research initiative (International Institute
of Social History, Amsterdam, the University of Ghent, and Harvard University). London,
- “‘Easy-made drink’ and the struggle over oil palm trees in colonial Ghana, 1900-1939.”
African Studies Association conference, Washington DC, December 2016.
- “Food comes First: Creating a ‘Food Problem’ in Colonial Ghana.” Midwest Conference
on British Studies, Ames, IA, September 2016.
- “From Hogless Lard to Smart Balance: Vegetable fats and the transformation of global
food industries , 1850-1950.” American Society for Environmental History Conference,
Washington DC, April 2015.
- I am current researching a book on the global history of the oil palm tree and the
palm oil industry. Based on archival research on four continents, the book will trace
the origins and evolution of the oil palm industry, highlighting the ways in which
technology, markets and state power reshaped landscapes, altered foodways, and transformed
the oil palm tree itself.
- SS4500 – Historiography
- SS2504 World History to 1500
- SS2505 World History since 1500
- SS3951 Topics in World History
- UN1025 Global Issues