Jonathan E. Robins

Jonathan E. Robins


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


Jonathan Robins is an award-winning historian of commodities, environments, and politics. He has published on oils and fats, fiber crops and textile industries, food and consumption, economic development, and environmental and labor history broadly. His current research interests include waste and waste landscapes, technological transitions in natural and synthetic fibers, and agroforestry. He serves on the steering committee of the Commodities of Empire projectand as global book review editor for Agricultural History.

For prospective graduate students:

I work with graduate students in the IHA, EEP, and Sustainable Communities programs.  I welcome inquiries from applicants interested in the historical dimensions of industry, heritage, environments and environmental policy, and other related topics. Please carefully review the course descriptions and curricula for each program.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commodity history
  • Global economic and business history
  • History of colonialism
  • Food history