Darryl Brock

Educational Background

Ph.D., Modern History, Fordham University

M.A., History, Claremont Graduate University

M.S., Marine Science, University of South Florida

B.S., Biology, Auburn University


Dr. Darryl E. Brock received his Ph.D. in Modern History from Fordham University. He came to appreciate China in his assisting the Irvine (CA) Sister Cities Foundation in establishing a sister city with the Xuhui District of Shanghai. Since then, he has added to his global travels various explorations of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanxi Province. He has received a CUNY fellowship to research the history of Taiwan’s aquaculture (2017), a Wellcome Foundation fellowship to Valencia, Spain to present on U.S. Civil War chemistry (2012), and a British Council fellowship to present on “China and Evolution” at the Darwin Sesquicentennial Celebration in Alexandria, Egypt (2009). His forthcoming monograph Botanical Monroe Doctrine and American Empire: The Scientific Survey of Puerto Rico (2022) traces the role of insular colonial scientists in advancing modernity in Puerto Rico, and also explores the origins of that island’s cultural nationalism. Dr. Brock enjoys Chinese chess, tennis, sailing, travel, salsa dancing, and playing flute.

Research interests

As a global historian of science, Dr. Brock’s research has focused on U.S. colonial science, modernization and identity in the Caribbean. His research goals in China are to compare the origins, structure and scope of Nathaniel Britton’s eighteen-volume Scientific Survey of Puerto Rico to Joseph Needham’s seminal Science and Civilisation in China. Dr. Brock also seeks to explore French natural history interests in nineteenth-century Shanghai, based on the extant French Concession records.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

Botanical Monroe Doctrine and American Empire: The Scientific Survey of Puerto Rico. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2022 (forthcoming).

“Carlos Eugenio Chardón Palacios.” In American National Biography, edited by Susan Ware. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

“Román Baldorioty de Castro.” In Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Jesuits”; “Xu Guangqi”; “Yan Fu 1854-1921.” In Encyclopedia of Chinese History edited by Michael Dillon. New York: Routledge, 2016.

“Dominican Receivership (1905-1941)”; “Occupation of Dominican Republic (1915-1924).” In Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America, edited by Alan McPherson. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013.

“American International Relations: Lessons from Dollar Diplomacy and Caribbean Development.” Journal of Global Development and Peace, Vol. 3 (2011): 1-25.


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