I am Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and Assistant Professor of History at Penn State University.
My research focuses on the intersection of environment and security around food in American history since the end of World War II. My most recent book, Food Power: The Rise and Fall of the Postwar American Food System (Oxford University Press, 2017), explores how food was deployed in the first decades of the Cold War to promote American national security and national interests. My next book project uses history and ethics to examine American ideas of good food during the twentieth century by exploring the political and social implications of food values like local, safe, and natural.
My first book, Food Security (Polity Press, 2010), investigated the late twentieth century origins of contemporary food security challenges. I am also the co-editor of two books that examine challenges to human security: Global Environmental Change and Human Security (MIT Press, 2009) and Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy (SUNY Press, 2004). My articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Law and International Affairs, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, The Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Global Environmental Politics, Environment, and The Natural Resources Journal among others.