Jonathan E. Robins
- Associate Professor of History
- Book review editor, Agricultural History
- PhD, University of Rochester, 2010
- BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2004
Links of Interest
Areas of Expertise
- Commodity history
- Global economic and business history
- History of colonialism
- Food history
- Oil Palm: a Global History. University of North Carolina Press, 2021. Winner of the 2022 Agricultural History Society Wallace Award for best book in agricultural history outside the US.
- "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
- 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.
- "Oil Palms at the End of Empire," Robinson Business History Conference, Portland State University, 2022
- “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.
- 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.
- Forgotten Fibers: an exploration of natural fibers like abaca, kapok, henequen, and hemp that were vital in modern industry and warfare but swiftly abandoned after the advent of nylon, polyester, and other synthetic materials.
- Swamp, trees, and peat soils: exploring 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