James Fenske

Associate Professor in Economic History

Research Interests

Economic History, Development Economics.

Summary: Topics of my current papers include: the role of ecologically-driven gains from trade in the development of pre-colonial states; the high prevalence and rapid disappearance of African polygamy; the role of environmental shocks in the dynamics of the slave trade, and; the adaptation of property rights to trade before colonial rule.



  • MSc Development - Development Modules: Foundation of Development
  • UG British Economic History since 1870 (Convenor)