Eron Ackerman

Assistant Professor of Teaching

Mitchell Hall 120
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PhD, History, Stony Brook University, 2021 

Fields of Interest: 

My areas of interest include British colonialism, history of the "Global South," the Caribbean, stimulants and intoxicants, and environmental history. My PhD research focused on the transnational social and political history of ganja (cannabis) in the 19th and early 20th century. 

Courses Taught: 

Africa since 1400, Latin America since 1800, U.S. since 1865, Western Civ. II, Slave Societies of the Americas, Drugs and Alcohol in World History

Representative Writing:

Review of Cannabis: Global Histories, Lucas Richert & James H. Mills, eds. (MIT Press, 2021), Addiction, 2021.

"'Global Histories of Drugs: Why and What’s Next?'—Reflections on the Cannabis: Global Histories Workshop," Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Dec. 9, 2021.

"Altered States: Globalization, Governmentality, and Ganja in the British Caribbean, 1880-1913," Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Dec. 3, 2014.  .

"Ruling Pleasures and Growing Pains: Drugs and Colonial Expansion in Southern Africa, 1652-1850," 2012.

Representative Conferences:

"Jamaican Ganja: Migration, Prohibition, and Counter-culturation, 1900-1940," Biennial Conference of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Mexico City, June 17, 2022. 

"The Indo-Caribbean Ganja Diaspora," Global Drug Histories Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, Oct. 6, 2021.

"Uprooted and Rerouted: Prohibition and Ganja Trafficking in the British Caribbean, 1880-1940," Drug Knowledge Traffic series zoom presentation, LACS Center, Stony Brook University, April 13, 2021.

"Cannabis, 'Coolies,' and Colonialism in the British Caribbean, 1838-1913," 130th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, January 8, 2016.

Current Project:

I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my dissertation, Ganja Diasporas: Cannabis and Colonialism in the British Caribbean, 1838-1938. The study examines how drug cannabis spread from India to the Caribbean, becoming entangled in legal and cultural struggles between British colonial authorities and "subaltern" laborers of Indian and African descent.