Research Interests: History of technology, environmental history, history of capitalism, global history.
Jordan Howell works on the global history of aluminum in the twentieth century. His research examines how aluminum transformed environments, economies, and social relations in and beyond the Atlantic World. At the same time, he considers how engineers, states, multinational corporations, and the people who worked with and lived around mines, refineries and smelters shaped aluminum’s history.
Before coming to Harvard, Jordan completed a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Science and Technology Studies at the University of British Columbia. His Master’s thesis, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), showed how “mental work” became a central concept in the human sciences in nineteenth century Europe.
B.A., Philosophy, University of British Columbia; M.A. Science and Technology Studies, University of British Columbia