The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


March 10 – Seeking diverse contributors for an anthology about the history of food and environment

We are editing an anthology about the origins of the modern food system, focused on the period between the 1870s and 1930s. The contributors already onboard all work at the intersection of food and environmental history. The book, tentatively titled “Acquired Tastes: Stories about the Origins of Modern Food,” is part of a larger writing project that emphasizes narrative, character, and storytelling, so we especially want historians who want to work as writers. Our roster of contributors has slightly shifted since the project began, leading us to seek a few more stories.

We are especially eager to highlight traditionally underrepresented perspectives on food and environment during our period of study, including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, or the global south. If this sounds like a good fit for your existing, ongoing, or future research, please send us a note of interest with a short overview of the proposed essay’s topic and status (no formal abstract needed at this point). This doesn’t have to be brand-new material, as adapting from existing work may be just as suitable.

Please reply by March 10 at the latest, writing to the three editors (cc’ing each) at the addresses below.

Anna Zeide, Oklahoma State University,
Benjamin Cohen, Lafayette College,
Michael Kideckel, Hewitt School,

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