Matthew P. Johnson is a PhD candidate in the Department of History.

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He studies twentieth-century environmental history with an emphasis on energy and water in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently writing his dissertation about the environmental impacts of the Brazilian government's hydroelectric dams, which once provided as much as 96 percent of the electricity consumed in Brazil, and continue to provide more than two thirds. These dams and their consequences will be framed 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.