Alexander More

Address: Harvard University, 35 Quincy Street 201, Cambridge, MA 02138


Alexander More is a historian whose 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-industrial climate and pollution and currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History at HarvardUniversity, under the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, and is concurrently Assistant Research Professor at 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. In addition to academic journals, his work has been featured in The GuardianPopular Science Magazine, The Washington Post, Smithsonian MagazineDer SpiegelArchaeology MagazineSüddeutsche ZeitungThe Daily MailFrankfurter AllgemeinAtlas ObscuraEos, Science et vie, and many other print and online publications (see media page).

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 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.

Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of History, Harvard University, Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, 2015-present
Managing Editor of Harvard’s Digital Historical Atlas (DARMC) 2017-present.
Lecturer on the History of Science (U.S. and European health and welfare) 2015-16.