Matthew Shutzer is an historian of modern South Asia, with research and teaching interests in environmental history, science and technology studies, the history of economic life, and global and comparative methods. At present, he is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center. In 2020 - 2021, Matthew will be the Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. His current book manuscript is a history of fossil fuels in twentieth century India.
Matthew received his Ph.D. in history from New York University in 2019. Prior to his doctoral research, he worked with a land tenure reform project in the eastern Indian state of Odisha in partnership with the governments of India and the United Kingdom. Portions of this research have been published as a chapter in, Staking Claims: The Politics of Social Movements in Contemporary Rural India (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Matthew has also published on contemporary politics of energy extraction in India and the world in the online magazine, Warscapes. He has recently written on the archives and archival methods of energy history for “The Archives of Economic Life in South and Southeast Asia,” hosted by Cambridge University’s Center for History and Economics, which can be found here.
Photos of the Jharia coalfields on the Homepage and Networks tabs for this website were taken by the Kolkata-based photographer Ronny Sen, from his series, “The End.” You can learn more about Ronny's work on Jharia and his new projects here. A recent conversation between Ronny and the anthropologist Christopher Pinney on the Jharia series is currently hosted by the Indian visual arts initiative, Critical Collective.