Alexander More

Alexander More

Research Associate, Initiative for the Science of the Human Past
Alex More

Alexander More is a historian whose recent research focuses on the impact of climate change on population health and the economy. By using both climate science and historical records, More brings recent drastic changes into a broader perspective, one that permits stark comparisons between current and historical trends in temperature, pollution, pandemic disease, and extreme weather, all of which directly impact food production, human health, economic prosperity, and political stability. He is author of two landmark studies of pre-modern climate and pollution, and currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History at Harvard University, under the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, and the Climate Change Institute (University of Maine), where he leads a project on the impact of climate change on population health and the economy in the last millennium.

The implications of his data bring him to study government response to environmental and public health crises. He is completing a book on the origins of welfare and health care policy in the western world, a long-standing interest that gained him an internship in the Office of Senator Ted Kennedy while still in graduate school. More’s interests have taken him to traditional archival repositories, as well as to expeditions to archaeological sites across Europe, North America and Oceania, including several underwater surveys in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and South Pacific.

Raised and educated in Europe in the early part of his life, More moved permanently to New York City to complete his secondary education. He attended college in Chicago and eventually Washington University in St. Louis. Immediately after graduation, he continued his studies in an interdisciplinary PhD program (History & History of Science) at Harvard University, where he has taught ten different courses and earned as many teaching awards. 

More is a former junior fellow of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, D.C. and a recipient of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Research Grant. He has supervised six theses, with topics ranging from the creation and evolution of Medicaid legislation in the United States, the establishment of the public health system in post-revolutionary Mexico, the early history of modern foreign relations, and the first  food enrichment policies in interwar United States.

Additional Links: The Climate Change Institute


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