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Bryan McDonald

Assistant Professor of History

402 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8949

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  1. PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2008
  2. MA, Virginia Tech, 1999
  3. BA, Virginia Tech, 1997


My research focuses on the intersection of environment and security around food in American history since the end of World War II. My current book project examines the use of food as a form of American power from 1945 to 1975. My first book, Food Security (Polity Press, 2010), explored how understandings of world food problems shifted during the late twentieth century. I am also the co-editor of two books that examine challenges to human security: Global Environmental Change and Human Security (MIT Press, 2009) and Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy (SUNY Press, 2004). My articles and reviews have appeared in Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs, Global Environmental PoliticsJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Environment, The Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Global Environmental Politics, and The Natural Resources Journal, among others.

Recent Publications:

“Food as a Key Resource for Security and Stability: Implications of Changes in the Global Food System 1950-2000.” Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs 3, no. 2 (2015): 42-55.

Co-author with Donald B. Thompson. “What Food is ‘Good’ for You? Toward a Pragmatic Consideration of Multiple Values Domains.” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26.1 (2013): 137-163.

Food Security. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010.

Co-editor with Richard A. Matthew, Jon Barnett, and Karen L. O'Brien. Global Environmental Change and Human Security. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009.

Co-editor with Richard A. Matthew and Kenneth R. Rutherford. Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2004; paperback, 2006.

Awards and Service:

Chair, College of the Liberal Arts Green Steering Committee, 2015-present

Co-Investigator with Lara Fowler (Principal Investigator), Chris Forest, Jonathan Marks, Sarah Clark Miller, Tom Richard, Anna Sewell, Nancy Tuana and Petra Tschakert. “Climate Change and Conflict Management,” Penn State Sustainability Institute, Penn State University

Residential Fellowship, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013-2014

Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, University of California, Irvine, 2008-2010

Recent Courses:

HIST 021 - American Civilization Since 1877
HIST 110 - Nature and History
HIST 111 - American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture
HIST 302M - Undergraduate Seminar
HIST 453 - American Environmental History

Research Interests:

Environmental History, Food History, Recent American History

Research Interests:

Twentieth-Century US:
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