Britain, 2013

acoombs@uchicago.edu


Research Interests

Economic and environmental history; the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions; coal transformation and oil acceleration; environmental and energy drivers of colonization and war; applied history; energy and agricultural economics; archival methods; paleography; digital humanities; geographic information systems (GIS).

Dissertation

Pre-carbon Industries for a Post-carbon Future: Oil Seed as Agricultural Improvement in Eighteenth-Century England

Fellowships

Research support includes a Bosch Archival Research Fellowship, German Historical Institute (2014), a Smithsonian Institution Graduate Research Fellowship, National Museum of Natural History (2015), a Fornos Fellowship, Population Institute (autumn 2015), a Charles H. Watts Memorial Archival Research Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library (2017), and a Mellow Foundation Social Sciences Dissertation Fellowship (2018–19).

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