Jonathan Robins Bibliography

Oil Palm: A Global History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021.

Cotton and Race across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900–1920. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2016.

Peer-reviewed articles
“Shallow Roots: The Early Oil Palm Industry in Southeast Asia.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 51, no. 4 (2020, in press).

“Fats of the Land: New Histories of Agricultural Oils.” Agricultural History 93, no. 3 (2019: 520–46. (Roundtable organizer, contributor)

“Oil Boom: Agriculture, Chemistry, and the Rise of a Global Fats Industry, c.1850-2000,” Journal of World History 29, no. 3 (2018),

“Imbibing the Lesson of Defiance: Oil Palms and Alcohol in Colonial Ghana,” Environmental History 23, no. 2 (2018), 293–317.

“Smallholders and Machines in the West African Palm Oil Industry, 1850-1950,” African Economic History 46, no. 1 (2018), 69-103.

“‘Food comes First’: Making Food Policy in Colonial Ghana, 1900-1950”, Global Food History 4, no. 2 (2018), 168-188.

“Food and drink: Palm oil vs. palm wine in colonial Ghana.” Commodities of Empire Working Paper Series, working paper no. 25 (2016)

“‘A common brotherhood for their mutual benefit’: Sir Charles Macara and the International Cotton Industry, 1904-1914.” Enterprise and Society 16, no. 4 (2015), 847-88.

“Lancashire and the ‘Undeveloped Estates’: The British Cotton Growing Association Fund-Raising Campaign, 1902–1914.” Journal of British Studies 54, no. 4 (2015), 869-97.

“Slave Cocoa and Red Rubber: E.D. Morel and the Problem of Ethical Consumption.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 54, no. 3 (July 2012), pp. 591-611.

“Colonial Cuisine: Food in British Nigeria, 1900-1914.” Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies 10, no. 6 (2010): 457-466. Special issue on Food and Power.

“The ‘Black Man’s Crop’: Cotton, Imperialism, and Public-Private Development in Britain’s African Colonies, 1900-1918.” Commodities of Empire Working Paper Series, working paper no. 11 (2009).

Book chapters
“Cotton.” Oxford Handbook of the History of Agriculture, edited by Jeannie Whayne. Forthcoming 2021.

“Coercion and Resistance in the Colonial Market: Cotton in Britain’s African Empire,” in Jonathan Curry-Machado (ed.), Global Histories, Imperial Commodities, Local Interactions, pp. 100-120. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.