Assistant Professor of History and American StudiesPersonal website
ds2ax /at/ virginia \dot\ edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Field & Specialties
Science and technology
Global U.S. history
Latin America & the Caribbean
- PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
- MPhil, University of Cambridge, 2007
- BA, Columbia University, 2006
David Singerman is a historian who studies capitalism, the environment, and science and technology. His current research examines the American sugar empire of the late nineteenth century. From Cuba to Hawai'i, his work shows, local conflicts over knowledge and labor shaped transnational questions of monopoly and corruption.
His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Chemical Heritage Foundation, among others. In 2015 his dissertation was awarded prizes for best dissertation in business history by the Business History Conference and the Association of Business Historians (UK). Before coming to UVA he was a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University and a research associate at Harvard Business School.
- “The Shady History of Big Sugar,” op-ed in The New York Times, 17 September 2016.
- “The Limits of Chemical Control in the Caribbean Sugar Factory,” Radical History Review 127 (January 2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/01636545-3690858
- “Science, Commodities, and Corruption in the Gilded Age”, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1537781416000128
- “Keynesian Eugenics and the Goodness of the World”, Journal of British Studies (July 2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2016.56
- “Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World, 1860-1930”, Enterprise and Society (December 2015), http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/eso.2015.74
- “‘A Doubt is At Best an Unsafe Standard’: Measuring Sugar in the Early Bureau of Standards,” NIST Journal of Research 112, no. 1 (January 2007), http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/jres.112.004