Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences (2020–22)
PhD'20 (British history) University of Chicago

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Social Science Research Building, room 531 – Office


Research Interests

Early modern Britain; transnational food pathways, consumption, and commodity history; colonial America and the Atlantic World; alternative agriculture


Alcohol in the Garden of Eden: Cider as Alternative Agriculture in Early Modern England, 1650-1766


Colin Rydell is a historian of agricultural networks and alcohol in Britain, America, and the Atlantic World. His research investigates the early modern expansion and subsequent decline of cider production in England and its colonies. His first book project, Cider as Colonizer: Necessity, Instability, and Legibility, examines this production cycle as a function of social instability and state pressure, ultimately demonstrating how cider transitioned from a local to transnational crop, making England and its colonies more resilient in the face of social and political unrest.

Awards and News

-2019, Residential Research Fellowship, Winterthur Garden, Museum and Library

-2019, The Folger Institute’s Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research Grant: Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures

-2018, Appointed as Bessie Louise Pierce Prize Preceptor

-2017, Research Fellowship, Nicholson Center for British Studies

-2017, Research Fellowship, Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine

-2016, Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography, the Huntington Library