Fredrik Meiton

Phone: (603) 862-5394
Office: History, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824

Fredrik Meiton is a historian of the modern Middle East. He studies the intersection of politics, science and the environment, especially in the context of colonial development. He teaches courses in global and Middle Eastern history, often with a focus on science, technology, energy and the environment. Professor Meiton has a B.A. in history from Lund University, an M.Phil. in Middle East studies from St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. from New York University. Before taking up his position at UNH, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Science in Human Culture Program and Department of History at Northwestern University. Professor Meiton has published widely for scholarly and general audiences on a range of topics, from electrification in Mandate Palestine to energy politics, capitalism and political theory, in publications that include Past & Present, Comparative Studies in Society & History, Respons and Dissent.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 422: World History in Modern Era
  • HIST 425: Foreign Culture/Energy&Society
  • HIST 500: Intro to Historical Thinking
  • HIST 595: Explorations
  • HIST 600/800: Explorat/Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HIST 695: Independent Study
  • HIST 775/875: Historical Methods
  • HIST 797: Coll/US&Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HUMA 514C: Space, Place, & Environment
  • IA 701: Exploring Intl Challenges


  • Ph.D., History, New York University
  • M.Phil., Oxford Univ-Eng
  • B.A., Lund University

Research Interests

  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • History of science and technology, especially in colonial settings
  • Middle East

Selected Publications

  • Meiton, F. A. (2018). Electrical Palestine: Capital and Technology from Empire to Nation. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press. Retrieved from https://www.ucpress.edu/

  • Meiton, F. (2016). Electrifying Jaffa: Boundary-Work and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Past & Present, 231(1), 201-236. doi:10.1093/pastj/gtw002

  • Meiton, F. (2015). The Radiance of the Jewish National Home: Technocapitalism, Electrification, and the Making of Modern Palestine. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 57(4), 975-1006. doi:10.1017/s0010417515000419

  • Meiton, F. (2015). “Throwing Transjordan into Palestine: Electrification and State Formation, 1921-1954”. In The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates. Routledge.

  • Most Cited Publications