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Matthew Shutzer

Assistant Professor of History
318 Classroom Building, 1356 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705


I am an environmental historian of South Asia and the post-colonial world, with research and teaching interests in science and technology studies, global development, empire and decolonization, critical approaches to property and the commons, and the history of capitalism broadly construed. In recent years, I have been completing a book-length project on India and the global history of fossil fuels from the nineteenth century to the present. This work attempts to thematize the intersections between carbon energy, global inequality, and the planetary crisis of climate change. 

Before joining Duke in 2023, I was a Junior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and the Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of History · 2023 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

New York University · 2019 Ph.D.