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Floor Haalboom

Dr. Floor Haalboom

Carson Fellow

Floor Haalboom is a postdoctoral historian who specializes in the modern history of intensive livestock keeping, (veterinary) medicine, One Health, and public health. In 2017, she obtained her doctorate in the history of (veterinary) medicine at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her dissertation “Negotiating Zoonoses” focused on twentieth-century dealings with infectious diseases shared by humans and livestock (“zoonoses”) in the Netherlands. The dissertation was extensively discussed in the Dutch media. In 2017–2018, Haalboom worked as a postdoc at the Utrecht University Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. This project focuses on postwar changes in the public perception of livestock diseases like foot-and-mouth disease and Q fever. Simultaneously, she worked as a teacher in medical history at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During her fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center, Haalboom worked on a global environmental history of intensive livestock keeping, focusing on the global impacts of livestock feed in the second half of the twentieth century.

RCC Research Project: Feeding Factory Farms: A Global Environmental History of Livestock Feed

Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Feeding Factory Farms: A Global Environmental History of Livestock Feed

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