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I teach, research, and write about gender and women’s history, the history of capitalism, critical food studies, and modern US history. I particularly enjoy looking at sites in which capitalism and gender systems intersect. My current project uses the life of Julia Child to ask how and why food, especially gourmet food, became so central to mid-20th century American life and politics. I have also written about the emergence of supermarkets (Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Government, and American Grocery Stores, 1919-1968) and have published essays on food and labor in The Oxford Handbook of Food History and in the Radical History Review. Although a committed historian, much of my work is informed by interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors. I, along with George Henderson (Geography) and Karen Ho (Anthropology), created the “Markets in Time” collaborative for studies of capitalism. More recently I have come to study food and agriculture through the AgriFood Colllaborative and the Graduate Group in Food Studies. I have particular interests in the uses of historical narratives in contemporary food politics and in robust publiclly engaged scholarship around issues of food justice.
Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!
Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.
Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.
Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.
Congratulations, Giancarlo!April 1st, 2014