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Paul E. Gootenberg F'06, F'88

Paul E. Gootenberg

History and Sociology
State University of New York, Stony Brook
last updated: 09/25/17

ACLS Fellowship Program 2006
State University of New York, Stony Brook
The Birth of Cocaine: A Transnational History, 1850-1975

This study is a new archivally-based history of the Andean drug cocaine, a scholarly book for a broad audience. It traces cocaine's global transformations over three long periods: The creation of cocaine as a modern medical commodity (1850-1910); its decline as a legitimate commercial drug (1910-45); and finally, cocaine's entry into a menacing underground world drug trade (1945-75). Set in the drug's broadest contexts, the study focuses on the historically-defining transnational axis between the United States (cocaine's key consuming and regulating culture) and coca-rich eastern Peru (the drug's long site of germination). Breaking ground empirically, this study also innovates by bringing novel conceptual concerns from commodity, cultural and international history into the study of drugs.

Research Fellowships for Recent Recipients of the PhD Degree 1988
Assistant Professor
Brandeis University
Commercial policies and the State: Peru and Latin America, 1820-60


Andean Cocaine:  The Making of a Global Drug.
Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.