Matthew Johnson

Matthew P. Johnson is an instructor in the Department of History.

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He is a historian of twentieth-century environmental history and his research focuses on energy and water in Latin America and the Caribbean. In February 2021, he defended his dissertation and he will be formally awarded his PhD in May. His dissertation is an an environmental history of the Brazilian government's mega dams, which once provided as much as 96 percent of the electricity consumed in Brazil, and continue to provide more than two thirds. His dissertation frames these dams and their social and environmental consequences in the context of climate crisis and the worldwide search for alternatives to fossil fuel-based energy regimes. He has also published on irrigation dams and malaria in Puerto Rico and on the environmental footprint of a large oil refinery in the US Virgin Islands. He is teaching Global Energy History in Spring 2021 and US Environmental History in Summer 2021.