Jonathan E. Robins
- Associate Professor of History
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Studies Director
- 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
- Oil Palm: a Global History. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
- "Shallow Roots: The Early Oil Palm Plantation Industry in Southeast Asia, 1848-1940." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 51, no. 4 (2020)
- "Humans and other pollinators in the oil palm plantation complex." Arcadia no. 8 (Spring 2021)
- "Oil Boom: agriculture, chemistry, and the rise of the global plant fats industry," Journal of World History 29.3 (2018)
- "Smallholders and machines in the West African oil palm industry," African Economic History 46.1 (2018)
- "Imbibing the lesson of defiance": Oil palms and alcohol in colonial Ghana, Environmental History 23.2 (2018)
- 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
- University of Connecticut Humanities Institute visiting fellow (2018-2019)
- American Philosophical Society-British Academy Joint Fellow (2018)
- Cornell College of Human Ecology Dean's Fellowship (2016)
- Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Blended Learning Grant: "Global Issues Blended Learning Initiative" (January 2015), with Don LaFreniere.
- “Suited to Malaya? Origins of the Oil Palm Industry in Colonial Malaysia.” American Society for Environmental History conference, Riverside, CA, March 2018.
- “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, December 2016.
- Oil palm in the 20th century: this project builds on my recent book, Oil Palm: a Global History. It will explore USAID and other US government support for oil palm in Latin America and beyond, and compare successful models for oil palm development globally.
- Swamp, trees, and peat soils: a new project examining small- and large-scale exploitation of wetland tree spaces and peatlands.
- SS3501 Making History
- SS2504 World History to 1500
- SS2505 World History since 1500
- SS3951 Topics in World History
- SS5551 Global Industrial History
- UN1025 Global Issues