Meet Our Members
The Agricultural History Society counts a diverse group of scholars and agriculturalists as active members. Here are some examples. Click on a preview to view the entire profile. You can read past profiles in the archives.
Growing up in south-central Indiana, I always had an interest in agricultural history and rural landscapes...
I have always been interested in food systems, and when I started my Masters in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, I wanted to study Vermont agriculture, albeit from the social science perspective...
I came to agricultural history from environmental history, and from an interest in the environmental history of the U.S. South in particular. Agriculture has been obviously central to that story. I am currently finishing a book on the history of soil erosion and conservation in the plantation South, a book that focuses on the unlikely story of Providence Canyon State Park...
Bill Musser isn't the typical member of the Ag History Society. Bill serves Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa as its chief administrative librarian. The organization is dedicated to saving "North America's diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity...
I'm just about to get the copy edits for a book called, No Man's Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Workers, which tells the history of the American "H2" guestworker program from World War II to the present. One of the world's longest running programs, the H2 Program has brought hundreds of thousands of mostly Jamaican men to the U.S. to do some of the nation's dirtiest and most dangerous farmwork...
I am working on a history of the 1980s Farm Crisis, focusing on the economic and environmental effects of the wave of bankruptcies and foreclosures that accompanied the constriction of credit in the Midwest and on the Great Plains.
AHS has provided me with a venue—in print and in conference form—to think more broadly about my work. It's all too easy to hunker down amidst my antebellum southern history fellows; AHS allows me—requires me—to look for connections across time and space that I might not otherwise recognize.
The AHS provides me with a cadre of peers, many of whom are doing some of the most interesting historical research being done today—asking relevant questions and finding remarkably nuanced answers. The opportunity to hear about their research and bounce my ideas off of them has proven invaluable.