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Sustainability

Bryan McDonald

Bryan McDonald

Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, The College of Liberal Arts; Associate Professor of History
• History
Bryan McDonald

Research Description

Dr. McDonald is a historian of modern America with research and teaching interests in food, environment, security, and resilience. He is currently working on a book project that explores the history of food as a security issue in modern America. His most recent book, Food Power: The Rise and Fall of the Postwar American Food System(Oxford University Press, 2017), explores how food was deployed in the first decades of the Cold War to promote American national security and national interests. He is also the author of Food Security (Polity Press, 2010), which investigates how globalization and global change have reshaped food systems in ways that have significant impacts on the national security of states and the human security of communities and individuals.