Deborah K. Fitzgerald

Portrait of Deborah  K. Fitzgerald

Deborah K. Fitzgerald is Howard Leverett and William King Cutten Professor of the History of Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also served as dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences from 2006 to 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, entitled "Whatever It Takes: World War II and the Rise of Fake Food," 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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