2012-2015 Project Directors



Associate Professor: History of Science
and Atlantic World

Ph.D., Columbia, 2003

M.Phil., Cambridge, 1997

At Rutgers since 2008

104 Van Dyck Hall
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Research Interests

James Delbourgo is associate professor in the department of history at Rutgers and a historian of early modern science and the colonial Atlantic world. His interests range from physical science and experiment to natural history and travel, and the intersections between them in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including such topics as history of the body; experimental apparatus; collecting, ethnography, and race; and the movement of objects, specimens and techniques through colonial networks. He has written on the histories of electrical experiments, underwater exploration, race and science, and chemistry and dyeing. He is currently completing a book about early modern collecting centered on Hans Sloane, whose collections the British Museum was created to house in 1753, to be published by Penguin UK and Harvard University Press. This project involves extensive work with museum objects relating to Sloane’s voyage to Jamaica as well as his subsequent collections from around the world. It seeks to address a fundamental historical question: what does it mean to collect in any given time and place?


Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2006

M.A., Auburn University, 1998

B.A., Auburn University, 1994

At Rutgers since 2007

002B Van Dyck Hall
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Research Interests

Toby Jones is an historian of the modern Middle East. His interests are varied. His scholarship focuses primarily on the political intersections between science, technology, the environment, knowledge production, and the state formation, war, and Islamism. Before joining the history department at Rutgers University, he taught at Swarthmore College. During  2008-2009, he was a fellow at Princeton University’s Oil, Energy and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006, he worked as the political analyst of the Persian Gulf for the International Crisis Group where he wrote about political reform and sectarianism.

Professor Jones is author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia, published in the fall 2010 with Harvard University Press. He is currently working on a new book project, America’s Oil Wars, also to be published by Harvard University Press. Professor Jones has published articles in The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Report, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy’s online magazine, the Arab Reform Bulletin, Strategic Insights, and the CTC Sentinel.

He has presented his work at the annual meetings of the Middle East Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the Society for the History of Technology, the International Studies Association, and the American Political Science Association. He also presented his research and political analysis at Cornell University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, New York University, Princeton University, Syracuse University, The College of New Jersey, and Yale University.

At Rutgers, Professor Jones teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the modern Middle East, oil, the environment in the Middle East, and war and revolution in Iran and Iraq.

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