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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Deborah K. Fitzgerald

Deborah  K. FitzgeraldDeborah K. Fitzgerald is a professor of the history of technology in the program in science, technology, and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and past dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (2006-2015). A leading historian of American agriculture, she is the author of Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture (2003), which won the Theodore Saloutos Prize, and The Business of Breeding: Hybrid Corn in Illinois, 1890-1940 (1990). She is currently working on a book that examines the role of World War II in fundamentally reshaping the food industry and the nature of global food chains. A past president of the Agricultural History Society, she is also active in the Society for the History of Technology and the Environmental History Society.

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