Food, Environment, Agrarian History
Until recently the majority of the population lived in the countryside where food shortages and environmental crises profoundly affected people’s daily and lived experiences. Often environmental crises and food production systems have been interconnected with most environmental crises produced by human actions. The Department of History offers a wide variety of courses that explore food, environment and agrarian history. A number of faculty conduct research and offer interdisciplinary graduate seminars on topics such as the social basis of food insecurity, coping with food shortages, indigenous knowledge and technology, environmental degradation, and landscape and historical and memory. The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences also teach courses on related themes.