Aaron Bobrow-Strain

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Twenty years ago, Aaron Bobrow-Strain (a city kid from Chicago) accidentally found himself on a banana plantation in Ecuador, head over heels in love with the politics of food and rural development.  His research, writing, and personal life have been wrapped up in those topics ever since.  He has worked on a human-sustainable cattle ranch in southern Arizona, studied the global food system from many angles, supported farm worker organizing, and had run-ins with the police over his backyard chickens. 

His first book, Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas, grew out of sixteen months of interviews with powerful coffee planters, pistoleros, and the peasant groups that fought against them in southern Mexico.

His second book is White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf.

Along with numerous academic journals, his writing on food has appeared in The BelieverThe Chronicle of Higher Education ReviewSalonGastronomica, and The Huffington Post.

Aaron has an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council and won teaching prizes from UC Berkeley and Whitman College.
Aaron Bobrow-Strain is Associate Professor of Politics at Whitman College, where he writes and teaches about Mexico, the global food system, immigration, and political economy.
Contact: straina@whitman.edu / 527-5996 / Politics Department, Whitman College, Walla Walla WA 99362

For White Bread media requests: Caitlin Meyer / Beacon Press / 617-948-6584 / cmeyer@beacon.org                               For other publishing related requests: Matt McGowan / The Francis Goldin Agency / mm@goldinlit.com