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Rebecca Gruskin’s scholarship spans environmental history, labor history, and the history of capitalism, with a focus on mining industries in modern North Africa and the Middle East. Her current book project, preliminarily titled Mining Tunisia: Phosphates, Empire, and Global Capitalism, writes modern Tunisia into the world history of capital-intensive agriculture.

Gruskin’s archival and oral historical research has been generously supported by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies. She has published most recently in the Journal of Global History.

Gruskin is a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D. 2021, M.A. 2015) and Harvard University (A.B. 2011). Prior to joining Hamilton, she was a postdoctoral fellow in global history at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. 

Recent Courses Taught

A Global History of Oil
Global Environmental History
Labor Migration in North Africa and the Middle East

Professional Affiliations

American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Middle East Studies Association
French Colonial Historical Society
African Studies Association
National Women’s Studies Association
American Society for Environmental History

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow in Global History, Queen’s University at Kingston

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., Harvard University

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