David Singerman is a historian who studies capitalism, the environment, and science and technology. His current research examines the American sugar empire of the late nineteenth century. From Cuba to Hawai'i, his work shows, local conflicts over knowledge and labor shaped transnational questions of monopoly and corruption.
His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Chemical Heritage Foundation, among others. In 2015 his dissertation was awarded prizes for best dissertation in business history by the Business History Conference and the Association of Business Historians (UK). Before coming to UVA he was a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University and a research associate at Harvard Business School.