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Matthew Booker

Prof. Dr. Matthew Booker

Carson Fellow


Matthew Booker is associate professor of environmental history at North Carolina State University, where he directs the Science, Technology & Society program. His forthcoming volume, Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates, pairs essays debating food safety, agricultural and food subsidies, GMOs, and other urgent disputes. He has published articles, books, and digital mapping projects on the transformation of urban estuaries from food producers to real estate, the history of food safety, and the U.S.’s first urban national wildlife refuge. His current book, begun as a Rachel Carson Fellow, explores the rise and fall of aquaculture in American industrial cities. Please ask him about sourdough bread.

RCC Research Project: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, 1870-1930

Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally in the Twentieth Century?

Selected Publications:

  • “Before The Jungle: The Atlantic Origins of U.S. Food Safety Regulation.” Global Environment 11, no. 1 (2018): 12-35.
  • with Kimberly Gilman, “Environmental Humanities.” In Humanities in Class: How to Think and Learn in the Humanities, edited by Andy Mink. National Humanities Center, 2018
  • “What Should We Eat?” RCC Perspectives, no. 1 (2015): 45-50.
  • Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.
  • “Visualizing San Francisco Bay’s Environmental History.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1, no. 3 (September 2012).