Michelle Craig McDonald

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  • Ph.D., University of Michigan (History, 2005)
  • M.A. St. John’s College (Liberal Arts, 1997)
  • M.A., The George Washington University (American Studies/Museum Studies, 1994)
  • B.A., U.C.L.A. (History/Business Administration, cum laude, 1991)

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Recent Publications: 

“Why Americans Drink Coffee: From the Boston Tea Party to Brazilian Slavery,” with Steven Topik, in Thurston, Morris, and Steiman (eds.), Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).

“Transatlantic Consumption,” Frank Trentmann (ed.), Oxford Handbook on the History of Consumption (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Public Drinking in the Early Modern World: Voices in the Tavern, 1500-1800, with David Hancock (Pickering and Chatto, 2011).

“Americanizing Coffee: Refashioning of a Consumer Culture,” with Steven Topik, Trentmann and Nutzenadel (eds.), Food and Globalization: Consumption, Markets, and Politics in the Modern World (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2008).

“The Chance of the Moment: Coffee and the New West Indies Commodities Trade,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 62:3 (July 2005): 441-472.

“The World in a Grain of Sand: Archival Research in Dominica,” Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 5:1 (October 2004).

Current Projects and Positions

Caffeine Dependence: Coffee and Commerce in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).

“Consuming with a Conscience: The Free Produce Movement in Early America,” in Joseph Tohill and Louis Hyman (eds.), Shopping for Change Consumer Activism in North American History (Toronto: Between the Lines Publishers, forthcoming spring 2014).

Curriculum Developer, “This Week in New Jersey History,” part of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s 350th Anniversary of New Jersey History, 2013-14.

Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians (http://www.associationofcaribbeanhistorians.org).

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