Timothy Alborn

Professor of History

Timothy Alborn was chair of the History Department at Lehman College from 2005 until 2009 when he became Dean of Arts and Humanities, a position he served in until 2012. Alborn also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center, both in the History Department and the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. Before coming to Lehman, Alborn taught for eight years in the History and Social Studies Departments at Harvard (with a brief sojourn at the University of Puget Sound in the Fall of 1998). He holds a BA and Ph.D. from Harvard in the History of Science. Alborn has published widely on British history, with a focus on the intersection of big business and culture in the nineteenth century. His books include Conceiving Companies: Joint-Stock Politics in Victorian England and Regulated Lives: Life Insurance and British Society, 1800-1914  His current research focuses on the cultural and financial history of gold in Great Britain between 1780 and 1850, in the decades leading up to the gold rushes in California and Australia. Outside of academia, Alborn has also managed a small record label, Harriet Records, which promoted bands of the slightly quieter than punk rock variety from the Boston area and around the world. From 2004 through 2007 he was an active contributor to the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (OEDILF), for which he wrote over a thousand limericks describing and/or illustrating the use of words from the letters A through C.