Smugglers and 18th-cent. Venezuela (book review)

Patrick Funiciello, review of Jesse Cromwell, The Smugglers’ World: Illicit Trade and Atlantic Communities in Eighteenth-Century Venezuela (2018) in Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 33 no. 2 (Fall 2019): 336-39.

Egypt’s beer (book)

Egypt’s Beer: Stella, Identity, and the Modern State

The lively story of an iconic beer brand, whose tumultuous business history illuminates the cultural transformations of Egypt over the last century.

University of Texas Press, December 2019
Not yet published

Temperance and song (article)

How Britain’s 18th-century teetotal movement expressed its message through song

For 100 years or more, Britain’s temperance movement held sway. Godfrey Holmes explains how it used pulpits, badges, flyers, T-shirts – and a memorable playlist urging listeners to ban the bottle

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Beer, Ethnicity, and the Market Revolution in Chicago & Cincinnati (dissertation)

Beer to Stay: Brewed Culture, Ethnicity, and the Market Revolution (Chicago, Cincinnati) (dissertation)

Brian Alberts, Purdue University


This dissertation traces the brewing industry’s development in Chicago and Cincinnati to examine how German immigrant participation, both as producers and consumers, helped their respective communities negotiate the economic and ethnic terms of American citizenship. Between 1840 and 1880, lager beer in the United States became a transnationally-constructed immigrant product with significant ethnocultural implications for German brewers and drinkers. Serving as both a cultural handhold connecting immigrants to their European roots as well as a means of economic engagement within a transitioning American economic landscape, beer became an immediate and distinctive feature of coalescing ethnic neighborhoods in urban centers throughout the antebellum North. Lager beer’s place within German festive culture linked its status and popularity in broader American society to that of German immigrants as a population. Their overwhelming participation hybridized the burgeoning American brewing industry such that beer represented a hyphenation of German and American culture. By examining beer as an arena in which both German immigrants and adversarial nativist and temperance factions pursued their desired cultural, political, and economic ends, this study asserts the utility of beer as a category of analysis for investigating German ethnicity, economic life in the antebellum and postbellum North, and the cultural implications of the market revolution. It further demonstrates the significance of mid-nineteenth century brewing in shaping the industry’s capitalist and cultural development throughout the pre-Prohibition era.


Ph.D., 2018