Professor Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris is a Professor of History at the University of Hertfordshire and a Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society.

He trained as historian of modern Italy, with a particular focus on retailing and consumption. His books included The Political Economy of Shopkeeping in Milan 1885-1922 and The New History of the Italian South.

His research into coffee began with The Cappuccino Conquests – a project that investigated the global spread of ‘Italian style’ coffee. He has subsequently extended his interests to the entirety of the coffee chain and was a contributing editor of the volume Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage and the Industry (2013). His latest book Coffee: A Global History (2019) explains how coffee became popular the world over and why tastes in coffee differ all over the world.

You can read more about Professor Morris' expertise on their research profile.

Jonathan Morris

Current job roleProfessor of History
DepartmentOffice of the Vice-Chancellor
Research areas
  • history of coffee
  • spread of coffee shops
  • sustainability of coffee production
  • history of Italy since 1871
  • Italian consumer society
  • made in Italy.

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