Assistant Professor of History and American StudiesPersonal website
ds2a /at/ virginia \dot\ edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-6pm
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 of capitalism, the environment, and science and technology. His current research examines the American sugar empire of the late nineteenth century, showing how corruption and monopoly power in the United States were shaped by struggles for control of labor and nature in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawai'i.
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 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
Internet and Popular Press Publications
- “The Shady History of Big Sugar,” op-ed in The New York Times, 17 September 2016.
- The Sugar Tramp, 10 January 2018.
- The Other End of the Telescope, 24 November 2017.
- When Science was Big, 19 October 2017.
- Full list here
- HIST 1501 Corruption and Fraud
- AMST 3001 Theories and Methods of American Studies
- AMST 3559 Science and Democracy in America