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BA, Ph.D


I was an undergraduate at University College London and a doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Before coming to South Wales I worked at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and for the Historical Manuscripts Commission.



Swansea Copper: A Global History (with Louise Miskell, 2020)

Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery 1660-1850 (2010)

“[A] superb book… a model of elegant writing”. Morgannwg: The Journal of Glamorgan History, 54 (2010)

Baltic Iron in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century (with Göran Rydén, 2007)

“Anyone interested in the eighteenth-century Atlantic cannot fail to benefit from reading this book”. Economic History Review, 61:3 (2008)

Debating the Revolution: Britain in the 1790s (2006)

“A wonderful book: authoritative, informative and full of intriguing interpretations and interesting perspectives. A historiographical tour de force”. Professor Stefan Berger, Director of the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The Industrial Revolution in Iron: The Impact of British Coal Technology in Nineteenth-Century Europe (edited with Göran Rydén, 2005)

“Chris Evans’s introductory chapter is a masterful summary of British technology and the historiography of nineteenth-century iron… This book makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of technology transfer and the global modernization of the iron industry. It gives Anglophone readers access to literatures that have until now been unknown to many of us”. Technology and Culture, 47: 3 (2006)

The Labyrinth of Flames: Work and Social Conflict in Early Industrial Merthyr Tydfil (1993)

“This is an important topic and Chris Evans has tackled it in a stunningly effective way”, History, 79: 256 (1994)


‘”Voyage iron”: an Atlantic slave trade currency, its European origins, and West African impact’, Past & Present, 239 (May 2018), 41-70 [with Göran Rydén]. Available on Open Access here

Awarded the 2019 Best Article Prize by the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction

‘A world of copper: globalizing the Industrial Revolution, 1830-1870’, Journal of Global History, 10: 1, (2015), 3-26 [with Olivia Saunders]

‘An Enlightenment in steel? Innovation in the steel trades of eighteenth-century Britain’, Technology & Culture, 53: 2 (2012), 2-29 [with Alun Withey]

Awarded the 2014 Abbot Payson Usher Prize by the Society for the History of Technology

‘The plantation hoe: the rise and fall of an Atlantic commodity’, The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, 69: 1 (2012), 71-100

Winner of the 2016 Douglass Adair Memorial Award of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Winner of the Jack Temple Kirby Award of the Southern Historical Association for 2013

Joint winner of the Lester J. Cappon prize for the best article published in The William and Mary Quarterly in 2012

‘Baltic iron and the British iron industry in the eighteenth century’, Economic History Review, 55: 4 (2002), 642-65

‘Work and workloads during industrialization: the experience of forgemen in then British iron industry 1750-1850’, International Review of Social History, 49: 2 (1999), 197-216


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


My current interests include: abolitionism in the British world in the nineteenth century; the links between European industry and the Atlantic slave trade; eighteenth-century whaling; and Swansea copper as an agency of global change in the nineteenth century.

Major Research Grants
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
‘Places for Making, Places for Taking: Metals in the Global Eighteenth Century’. 2013-2016
Leverhulme Trust
‘A World of Copper: Globalising the Industrial Revolution, 1830-1870’. 2012-2013.
British Academy
‘Steel in Britain in the Age of Enlightenment’. 2007.
Leverhulme Trust
Study Abroad Fellowship 2002-2003
Economic and Social Research Council
‘Baltic iron and the organisation of the British iron market in the eighteenth century’. 2000-2001

Visiting Fellowships
Nantucket Historical Association (2019)
The John Carter Brown Library (2016)
The Huntington Library (2015)
Filson Historical Society (2013)
Hagley Museum & Library, Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society (2011)
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (2009)
Virginia Historical Society (2008)
Institute of Southern Studies, University of South Carolina (2007)
Winterthur Museum and Library (2005)
University of Uppsala (2002-2003)
National Maritime Museum (2001)



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