Biography

Moritz von Brescius is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Bern, and currently a Fellow at the Munich Centre for Global History. He studied in Berlin, Oxford, Florence, and Cambridge. His doctoral dissertation was awarded several prizes. It was published as German Science in the Age of Empire: Enterprise, Opportunity and the Schlagintweit Brothers (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He recently published articles in Modern Asian Studies and The South Asia Chronicle, among other journals, and is a contributor to The Oxford World History of Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020). His research areas include the global history of science and empire and, increasingly, the environmental and economic history of plantation economies and the acclimatisation of cash crops as part of the global expansion of commodity frontiers. His new project is on the ‘synthetic age’ and resource regimes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An early iteration of this work was awarded the ‘Environment Award’ of the foundation Environment and Society at the University of Konstanz. In 2019, he was awarded a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University, and in 2020 a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellowship (2021-2025).