Histories of food and farming have reemerged as an important topic in recent years. The impact of anthropogenic climate change on global food supply, debates around GMOs and industrial agriculture, food deserts for minority communities in the United States, and the struggles of migrant farmworkers have all sparked new kinds of research at the intersection of history, geography, anthropology, and literary criticism. Food studies has also encouraged humanistic scholars to cross the border into scientific fields like ecology, soil science, archeology, plant biology, genomics, and engineering. To provide a space for the further development of interdisciplinary, historically-grounded scholarship around issues of agriculture, environment, and capitalism, the organizers of “Dirty History” invite both faculty and advanced graduate students to attend our monthly workshop. Papers (25-35 pages) will be circulated two weeks prior to the meeting, and all attendees should read in advance. To get copies of papers or to volunteer to present write to Cindy Hahamovitch. We workshop dissertation chapters, book chapters, and article drafts.


Cindy Hahamovitch, B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History

Jamie Kreiner, Assistant Professor of History

Scott Nelson, Athletic Association Professor in the Humanities

Dan Rood, Assistant Professor of History