Tom Coyne | July 29, 2020
Paul Ocobock, a Notre Dame associate professor of history, has received a fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the complex economic and cultural connections between coffee lovers and the men, women, and children who grow the beans in places like Kenya.
The New Directions Fellowship will support Ocobock’s research of key forces in the history of international trade for his book Imperial Blend: Kenyan Coffee and Capitalism in the Era of Anglo-American Empire, and to develop new courses on global economic history.
“I want to focus on people’s everyday experiences with coffee, and then, through this book, fold them together so the experiences of the person who is drinking the coffee every morning and the person who is tending and weeding and harvesting coffee meet,” Ocobock said.
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