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I am a historian of consumption, specialising in the history of coffee.  I am best known for my book Coffee A Global History and my podcast series A History of Coffee .  I collaborate with a wide variety of partners across the coffee industry, was a finalist in the 2018 THE Awards for Business-University collaborations, and the subject of a REF2021 Impact Case Study.  I originally trained as historian of modern Italy, with a particular focus on retailing, marketing, and political economy, and continue to be active in these fields.  I have broad comparative interests in business, food, heritage, social, sport, and urban history, particularly involving transnational transfers.  You can find me on social media @coffeehistoryJM on Instagram and Twitter , as well as LinkedIn and at my website

I work as the Special Advisor to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise with particular responsibilities for research culture and environment across the university. I am a Research Professor in History and a member of the Centre for Future Societies Research and CAFEM the Centre for Food, Agriculture and Environmental Management Research. I am the Principal Investigator of the UH Arts and Humanities Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (AHRC IAA) which funds impact activities across the Arts and Humanities disciplines at the university, and co-founded the Heritage for Business (H4B) strand of the UH Heritage Hub, which undertakes bespoke projects with companies to facilitate realising the added value their heritage can bring to their brand.  

I am a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society and chair the RHS Research Policy Committee.   I was a member of the REF 2014 and REF2021 History Sub-Panels.  I am a member of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College, the AHRC Peer Review College, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I am a member of the advisory boards of the Mondadori Le Monnier book series Quaderni di Storia, the academic journal RiSES  Ricerche di Storia Economica e Sociale , the Osservatorio Monografie d’Impresa which studies business publications, the Consorzio di tutela del caffè espresso italiano tradizionale which is campaigning to have espresso listed as part of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind by UNESCO, and a member of the judging panel for the Specialty Coffee Association’s Best New Products awards at its annual World of Coffee event.

Research interests

  • CoffeE
  • ConsumptioN
  • Petite Bourgoisie
  • Italy 19th-20th C.
  • Comparative 20th C. European History

Teaching specialisms

Italian Fascism,  Consumer Society in 19th and 20th C.


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