Peter A. Coclanis

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Albert Ray Newsome Distinguished Professor; Director, Global Research Institute

419 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 23464
919-843-6300 (phone)


MA Columbia University, 1974
MPhil Columbia University, 1976
PhD Columbia University, 1984

Research Interests

Peter Coclanis works primarily in economic and business history. Most of his earlier research focused on the American South in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but in recent years he has been working on other areas and time periods as well, particularly on Southeast Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current big project is on the creation of integrated world markets for tropical and semi-tropical commodities, with a special emphasis on rice. This project has taken him to archives (and rice paddies) all over the world.

Some Notable Publications

Graduate Students Advised by Peter Coclanis

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

His teaching schedule is currently quite limited because of his responsibilities as Director of the Global Research Institute.

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 127—American History to 1865
  • HIST 128—American History Since 1865
  • HIST 364—History of American Business
  • HIST 721—European Expansion and Global Interaction, c. 1450–1800
  • HIST 715—Introductory Colloquium in United States History
  • HIST 539—Economic History of Southeast Asia (course description forthcoming)
  • HIST 900—Graduate Studies in History: Research Seminar for First-Year Students
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