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Bryan McDonald

Bryan McDonald

Assistant Professor of History

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

Curriculum Vitae

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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 recent American environmental history and environmental studies. I am particularly interested in the ways interactions between humans and the environment have changed the landscape of political and security challenges facing the United States since the end of World War II. My first book, Food Security, explored how understandings of world food problems shifted during the late twentieth century. I am currently at work on a book project that examines the environmental history of the American food system from 1945 to 2000. I am also the co-editor of two books that examine challenges to human security: Global Environmental Change and Human Security and Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy. My articles and reviews have appeared in Journal 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:

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:

Center for Unconventional Security Affairs Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California (2008-2010)
Lauds and Laurels Outstanding Graduate Student, University of California (2006)
Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Dissertation Fellowship, University of California (2005-2006)

Recent Courses:

HIST021 - American Civilization Since 1877
HIST110 - Nature and History
HIST302M - Undergraduate Seminar
HIST447 - Recent American History

Research Interests:

Environmental History, Recent American History

Research Interests:

Twentieth-Century US:
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