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David Singerman

Assistant Professor of History and American Studies

484 Nau Hall
Office Hours: W, 11:00AM-1:00PM and Zoom by appointment at

Field & Specialties

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
History of Capitalism
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Environmental History


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • BA, Columbia University, 2006


David Singerman is a historian of science, technology, medicine, and capitalism. His first book, The Purity Machine: Science, Power, and the Invention of Sugar, is under review at the University of Chicago Press. His second book project is a new history of drugs and performance in sports.

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

From fall 2024 through spring 2026, Prof. Singerman will be teaching Engagements courses in the College Fellows program.

Current courses

  • HIST 3501 Workshop: Sugar and Global History
  • AMST 3001 Theories and Methods of American Studies
  • HIUS 2101 Technologies of American Life

Previous courses

  • HIST 1501 The Global Financial Crisis of 2008
  • HIST 1501 Corruption and Fraud
  • AMST 3559 Science and Democracy in America