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Gabriel N. Rosenberg, Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Assistant Professor History of History

Gabriel N. Rosenberg

Gabriel Rosenberg's research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. In particular, he studies spaces of agricultural production as important sites for the constitution and governance of intimacy – intimacy both between and among humans, animals, and plants. Although central throughout history to human knowledge about reproduction, agriculture has been peripheral to accounts of the governance of sexuality. In tandem, while historical accounts of American state power have productively questioned matters of governance through the lens of agriculture, they have largely overlooked sexuality as its own formative analytic. His research looks to agriculture as a site of knowledge/power formation that inscribes and mobilizes both human and non-human bodies and desire. Reflecting his training as a historian of the modern United States, he uses the archives of the America’s agricultural past to exhume the tangled relationships between agricultural practices and the governance of human gender and sexuality, a relationship that now conditions America’s relationship to the agricultural peripheries of the global South.

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Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • SXL 199S.01, STUDY OF SEXUALITIES Synopsis
    Biddle 102, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 202S.01)
  • GSF 275.01, FOOD, FARMING, AND FEMINISM Synopsis
    East Duke 209, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 209.01, GLHLTH 225.01)
Education:

Ph.D.Brown University2011
AMBrown University2004
BAGrinnell College2003
Research Interests:

Current projects: The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America, Purebred: Making Meat and Eugenics in the Modern United States

Gabriel Rosenberg's research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. In particular, he studies spaces of agricultural production as important sites for the constitution and governance of intimacy – intimacy both between and among humans, animals, and plants. Although central throughout history to human knowledge about reproduction, agriculture has been peripheral to accounts of the governance of sexuality. In tandem, while historical accounts of American state power have productively questioned matters of governance through the lens of agriculture, they have largely overlooked sexuality as its own formative analytic. His research looks to agriculture as a site of knowledge/power formation that inscribes and mobilizes both human and non-human bodies and desire. Reflecting his training as a historian of the modern United States, he uses the archives of the America’s agricultural past to exhume the tangled relationships between agricultural practices and the governance of human gender and sexuality, a relationship that now conditions America’s relationship to the agricultural peripheries of the global South.

Areas of Interest:

modern US History
history of gender and sexuality
mass culture
political economy of food, agriculture, and the environment
childhood studies
animal studies
queer theory
biopolitical theory.

Keywords:

Agriculture • Animals • Environment • Food • Gender • History, Modern • Queer Theory • queer theory • Sexuality

Recent Publications

  1. Rosenberg, GN, A Classroom in the Barnyard: Reproducing Heterosexuality in American 4-H, in Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies, edited by Gray, M; Johnson, C; Gilley, B (2016), New York University Press
  2. Rosenberg, GN, Youth as Infrastructure: 4-H and the Intimate State in the 1920s Rural United States, in Boundaries of the State in U.S. History, edited by Sparrow, J; Novak, W; Sawyer, S (2015), University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226277646 [html]
  3. Rosenberg, GN, The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America, Politics and Culture in Modern America (2015), pp. 312 pages, University of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 978-0-8122-4753-4 [html]  [abs]
  4. Rosenberg, GN, Where are the Animals in the History of Sexuality?, Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality (September, 2014) [available here]


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