Jonathan E. Robins is Associate Professor of Global History at Michigan Technology University. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Rochester in 2010 and taught at Morgan State University before joining the faculty at Michigan Tech in 2012.
His first book, Cotton and Race across the Atlantic, was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2016. Based on government archives, newspapers, and often-overlooked business records, the book examines the failure of British colonial cotton growing projects in sub-Saharan Africa, and highlights the ways in which Americans–and especially African Americans–influenced events in Africa. Read more
His new project is a global history of palm oil, part of a larger research project investigating the history of oils and fats in the industrial era. Read more
Robins teaches courses in world history, economic history, and the history of capitalism and industry. He also serves as coordinator for Global Issues, an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce first-year students to contemporary events through the lens of different social science disciplines.