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

Gabriel N. Rosenberg

Gabriel N. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History. He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in History. He was the recipient of the Gilbert C. Fite Award from the Agricultural History Society, the K. Austin Kerr Prize from the Business History Conference, and a François André Michaux Fund Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Program in Agrarian Studies, an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Humanities Center, and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His essays have appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Diplomatic History.

Broadly, 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 2019):

  • GSF 275.01, FOOD, FARMING, AND FEMINISM Synopsis
    East Duke 204B, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 209.01, GLHLTH 225.01, HISTORY 221.01)
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   (More Publications)

  1. Rosenberg, G, How Meat Changed Sex, Glq: a Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 23 no. 4 (Submitted, 2017), pp. 473-507, Duke University Press [doi]
  2. Rosenberg, GN, Beyond the Fruited Plain: Food and Agriculture in U.S. Literature, 1850-1905, American Literature, vol. 88 no. 2 (June, 2016), pp. 408-410
  3. Rosenberg, GN, Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food, American Literature, vol. 88 no. 2 (June, 2016), pp. 408-410
  4. Rosenberg, G, Fetishizing Family Farms, The Boston Globe (April, 2016)
  5. Rosenberg, GN, Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America, Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 25 no. 1 (January, 2016), pp. 180-182, UNIV TEXAS PRESS


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