Benjamin R. Cohen

 

Notes from the Ground was published in paperback in 2011 (to accompany the 2009 hardback). The book examines the cultural conditions that brought agriculture and science together in nineteenth-century America. MIT published my co-edited book, Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement, also in 2011.

       

My current research project, “The Pure and the Adulterated: Cheating on Nature in the Age of Industrialized Food,” is a study of food purity, environmental change, and cultural values of authenticity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The work-in-progress uses debates about adulteration—contaminated or corrupted food, primarily—to examine how industrial practices have challenged cultural ideas of “nature” and “natural” and how those challenges resulted in new science-based environmental regulation. Two publications offer further introductions to the project, one an academic article in Endeavour, “Analysis as Border Patrol,” the other an essay at The Morning News, “Trust Me.”

 

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July 21, 2014

Spring’s student-authored book, Resetting the Table in the Lehigh Valley, now available as a pdf


July 19, 2014

“Is that food pure and natural?” for Alumni Summer College


July 17, 2014

First day for LaFarm’s Farm Stand at Gilbert’s on campus


July 17, 2014

Veggie Van returns to Easton’s West Ward (see here and here)


June 4, 2014

“Podcasts, Students, Publics,” for  LVAIC Digital Tools, Muhlenberg College


May 20, 2014

CHASES Workshop on the Environmental History of the South, at Mississippi St.


May 12, 2014

Class presentation on “Resetting the Table in the Lehigh Valley,” 3:30pm, AEC 315


May 11, 2014

Final projects all posted at homepage for the “History of Technology,” SP14 term


April 16, 2014

New article in Gastronomica, “Don’t Mono-crop the Movement” (Spring ‘14 issue)


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Welcome. I am an assistant professor in the Engineering Studies and Environmental Studies Programs at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. (From 2005-2011, I was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society [STS] at the University of Virginia.) Holding STS, history, and environmental studies together, my interests sit at the intersection of the histories of science, technology, and the environment, with particular attention to industrial agriculture from the 19th century to today. I’m also, as it were, a writer for a variety of non-academic forums. [more here]


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