I study the American past through the lenses of business history, environmental history, and political economy. My current research examines the ways that new chemical fixes for ancient agricultural problems made their way from laboratories and into landscapes. To do this, I explore how American fertilizer companies sold their products to farmers—with advertisements, trade associations, and through novel mechanisms of debt. I am also very interested in the ways that these agricultural panaceas became tools of state building during the twentieth century. In a 2016 article in Agricultural History, I show how the interrelated technologies of explosives and fertilizer production shaped America's agricultural policy after World War I. My dissertation research has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. My project is titled “Feeding the Plants that Feed the World: The Political Economy of Fertilizer in the United States, 1865-1947." (Defense date September 15, 2016.)
Johnson, Timothy. “The Growth Industry: Fertilizer And The Politics Of Agriculture On The Georgia Cotton Belt, 1840-1900”. Shane Hamilton. 2010: n. pag. Print.
Johnson, Timothy. “Feeding The Plants That Feed The World: The Political Economy Of Fertilizer In America, 1865-1947”. 0: n. pag. Print.
Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Secretary of State / Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, 2010
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Ecological History field), Social Science Research Council, 2012
Travel Grant, National Science Foundation, Provides travel funds for scholars presenting at the 2012 American Society of Environmental History Conference, 2012
Carl Vipperman Teaching Assistantship Award, UGA History Department, 2012
Bonner Award, Georgia College and State University, Best Thesis in Georgia History, 2012
History Project Research Grant, Harvard Center for History and Economics, The Harvard History Project awards research funding to projects dealing with economic history, broadly construed, 2013
Research Fellow, Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science, 2013-2014
WHEATS 2014, University of Kansas, The Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science, 2014
Allington Dissertation Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2014-2015
Jason Manthorne Memorial Award, UGA History Department, 2015