Former Council Members

Coleman Prize Organizer, 2016

David Singerman

David Singerman received his PhD in Science, Technology, and Society from MIT in 2014. His dissertation, "Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World," argued that struggles over skilled labor are necessary to make complex natural substances into uniform global commodities. It showed how chemists, engineers, and sugar-factory owners constructed and deployed the idea that sugar was a pure chemical, and therefore that its value could be measured only by scientific practice, in order to delegitimize the sensory and tacit skills of slaves and artisans. "Inventing Purity" was awarded the 2015 Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation by the Business History Conference as well as the ABH's Coleman Prize, and is the basis for a book project entitled "Purity and Power in the American Sugar Empire." In 2014-2015 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, and in 2015-2016 is an Adjunct Lecturer in STS at MIT as well as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.