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David Singerman

Assistant Professor of History and American Studies

484 Nau Hall
Office Hours: On Leave


  • 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.

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Courses Taught

  • HIST 1501 The Global Financial Crisis of 2008
  • HIST 1501 Corruption and Fraud
  • AMST 3001 Theories and Methods of American Studies
  • AMST 3559 Science and Democracy in America
  • AMST/HIUS 2559 Technologies of American Life