Research & Teaching

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities
Harvard School of Public Health
Instructor in Pediatrics (HMS); Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment (HSPH); Hospitalist, Division of General Pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital)
Harvard Medical School
Reischauer Professor of Social Anthropology; Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Urban Theory
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics; Harvard College Professor
James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Vascular Plants; Co-Director, Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management
Harvard Business School
Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation
Research Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Urban Planning
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health; Program Director, WCS HEAL
Harvard School of Public Health
Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of the Practice of Economic Development; Director, Center for International Development
Harvard Kennedy School
John and Natty McArthur University Professor
Harvard Business School
Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry; Professor of Biology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Co-Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Pforzheimer Professor of Science & Technology Studies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Environmental Sciences; Director, Harvard University Clean Air Research Center (CLARC)
Harvard School of Public Health
Gates Professor of Developing Societies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Kennedy School
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy; Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Program
Harvard Kennedy School
Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology
Harvard School of Public Health
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Head Tutor, Environmental Science and Public Policy Concentration
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health (HSPH); Clinical Instructor (HMS); Director, Planetary Health Alliance
Harvard Medical School
Harvard School of Public Health
John D. Black Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Gordon McKay Research Professor of Environmental Engineering; Professor of City and Regional Planning
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation; Director and Program Director, Nature, Health and the Built Environment
Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard School of Public Health
Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Landon T. Clay Professor of Scientific Archaeology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition; Chair, Department of Nutrition; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
Harvard School of Public Health
Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Ruth B. Moore Prof. of Biological Anthropology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
A profile on Professor of Early American History Joyce Chaplin
May 24, 2016
A new study co-authored by N. Michele Holbrook and published in "Plant, Cell & Environment" explores just how big fruit can grow
January 14, 2015
Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees
July 9, 2014

Promoting the structural transformation of African agriculture and the rural spaces within which most agricultural activities occur will be essential to advance on inclusive economic growth agenda in Africa, teh world's most agrarian continent. 

This seminar examines the world’s systems for the production and distribution of food as they relate to the earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems.  Using scientific readings, papers about economics and politics, and cases about firms, we consider agriculture and food from scientific,

Our ideas about complex environmental and public health issues such as climate change, industrial chemicals, and species extinction are largely formed by simplistic and dramatized media coverage and distorting political spin from all sides.

The Making Rights Real clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard law students, and a network of Ghanaian Human Rights / Development organizations which began in 2002.

This seminar will explore the legal regulation of food.

This course will introduce students to nutrition and global health problems through exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants of nutritional status.

This seminar will present an overview of topics in food law and policy, and will examine how these laws shape what we eat. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to a range of issues impacting the food system from farm to fork to landfill.

Europeans "discovered'' America in search of foodstuffs, specifically spices. And food has been central to the American experience from the starving time in early Virginia to the problem of obesity in the United States today. But what is American about American food?

This course reviews the policy landscape around food and farming in rich and poor countries.

December 7, 2016
Science Center 469, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard History of Science Department’s Modern Sciences Working Group and the History of Medicine Working Group host a special lunch seminar featuring Dr. Gyorgy Scrinis, Senior Lecturer in Food Politics and Policy in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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November 17, 2016
S-250 CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs hosts Jock Herron for a talk on the nexus of population, food systems, and habitat health. Herron, Instructor at GSD, co-led the Smart Cities and Wellness Project and is currently working on a rotational grazing project in Central Massachusetts.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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November 30, 2016
Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall, HLS, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School cordially invite you to a panel discussion about a national food policy. Learn about the ways a national food strategy could make sure every American has access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to workers, good for the environment, and improves farmers' livelihoods.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
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December 7, 2016
Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St., Cambridge
Gidon Eshel, Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will give a talk as part of the 2016–2017 Fellows' Presentation Series.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
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October 19, 2016
Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE and National Geographic invite you to a special pre-release screening and discussion of the documentary film, Before the Flood. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
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September 8, 2016
Room S250, CGIS South Bldg 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Christopher Bosso, Northeastern University, will present "Why the Farm Bill is Now About Food Stamps.”
Thursday, September 8, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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September 10, 2016
Starr Auditorium, Belfer 200, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 -
8:30am to 5:30pm
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October 26, 2016
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB G13, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
The Center for Health and the Global Environment hosts "Sustainable Urbanization: the Future of Aviation, Buildings and Food" with Aaron Bernstein, Assistant Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:20pm
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April 28, 2016
Room S050, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
"Scaling up Technology Delivery Systems for Food Security" with Chandra Madramootoo, Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Professor, McGill University.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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April 15, 2016
Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor, Belfer Center, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World with Seth M. Siegel, author of Let There Be Water and Council on Foreign Relations member.
Friday, April 15, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
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April 21, 2016 to April 22, 2016
Plaza outside Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
A two-day, event-filled celebration of the University’s commitment to a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. Explore how food shapes our lives and world by experiencing presentations, cooking demonstrations, panels, and an innovation and sustainability fair on the ways our community tries to Foodbetter.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (All day) to Friday, April 22, 2016 (All day)
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February 18, 2016
Room S250, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
William A. Masters, Professor, Tufts University, will discuss "The Big Picture for Global Hunger: Recent Transitions in Agriculture, Public Policy, and Nutrition."
Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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April 5, 2016
M-RCBG Conference Room (503), Belfer Bldg, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
Study group led by M-RCBG senior fellow Simon Winter.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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March 8, 2016
HKS study group led by M-RCBG senior fellow Simon Winter.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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February 22, 2016
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Lisa Haushofer (Harvard, History of Science/Chemical Heritage Foundation) presents "Pepsin Era - Artificially Digested Foods and the Eating Body."
Monday, February 22, 2016 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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March 31, 2016 to April 1, 2016
45 Francis Ave., Cambridge
Co-sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and Food Literacy Project, this conference aims to bring together farmers, religious and spiritual leaders, and academics in a robust and stimulating discussion about the spirit of sustainable agriculture, delineating its past, celebrating and investigating its present, and theorizing its future. 
Thursday, March 31, 2016 (All day) to Friday, April 1, 2016 (All day)
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March 25, 2016 to March 26, 2016
A conference exploring land and the food system: how land affects what we eat, who we are, and the environment we live in.
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:30pm
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December 3, 2015
Northwest Labs B103, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Food”
Thursday, December 3, 2015 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
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November 16, 2015
Lowell House Junior Common Room, Harvard University, Cambridge
Come learn about food rescue and sustainability from a panel of experts working on these topics at Harvard and in the greater community.
Monday, November 16, 2015 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm
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October 27, 2015
CGIS Knafel, Bowie-Vernon Room K262, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge
A conference presented by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
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November 13, 2015 to November 14, 2015
MIT Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst St., Cambridge
MIT presents the 2015 Water Summit, "Thriving with Change."
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
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October 19, 2015
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB G12, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies, will speak about his new book, "Food Foolish"
Monday, October 19, 2015 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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September 30, 2015
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
Screening of Michael Graziano’s Documentary, “Resistance”
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm
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September 25, 2015
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Program in Global American Studies, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, presents talks from postdoctoral fellows Megan Black, Samantha Iyers, Justin Leroy, and Stuart Schrader.
Friday, September 25, 2015 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 26, 2015
Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Susanne E. Freidberg, Chair, Department of Geography, Dartmouth, will discuss “Obstinate Harvest: Corporate Food and the Technoscience of Supply Chain Sustainability.”
Monday, October 26, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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October 5, 2015
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
Join faculty from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a wide-ranging discussion examining four major global health threats that are challenging the lives and health of people in the US and globally.
Monday, October 5, 2015 -
9:00am to 1:30pm
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September 8, 2015
K262, the Bowie-Vernon Room, Knafel Building, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Andreas Mitzschke, Maastricht University, will present on "Competing, Conflicting, and Contested Futures: Temporal Imaginaries in the GM Crops Controversy".
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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February 27, 2015
Harvard Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge
The Symposium will feature 20 Harvard faculty members from 8 schools and a dozen departments giving 7 minute "speed presentations" on their current Food+ research
Friday, February 27, 2015 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
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March 18, 2015
Wellesley College Science Center, Room SCI-277, 106 Central St., Wellesley
An Arnold Arboretum Lecture with Michael Phillips, Farmer and Orchardist, Lost Nation Orchard at Heartsong Farm, Groveton, NH
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 -
12:30pm to 3:30pm
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March 29, 2015
A conference exploring the intersections between social, economic and environmental justice and the food system. A collaboration of the Harvard Food Law Society and Food Literacy Project as part of Food Better.
Sunday, March 29, 2015 (All day)
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October 3, 2014
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Get an overview of the food system and then delve into its four primary categories: production, marketing and distribution, nutrition, and waste. Hear from Harvard-affiliated speakers about how they are working to Food Better or innovate within the topic areas.
Friday, October 3, 2014 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm
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March 31, 2014
HSPH, Kresge, Room 502, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
“Do pollinators matter for human nutrition?” with Alicia Ellis
Monday, March 31, 2014 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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November 20, 2013
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
Gary Paul Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Arizona
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
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February 28, 2013
Quincy House, 58 Plympton Street, Cambridge
A discussion with Professor Chin Jou from the History of Science Department
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:45pm
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October 26, 2011
Phillips Brooks House Parlor Room, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
A discussion about food and sustainability at Harvard and beyond.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:30pm
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Harvard Food+ Research Symposium: Opening Remarks

Friday, February 27 — Harvard Research Symposium on the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health, and Society
Hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

HUCE Special Seminar: Lester Brown

November 1, 2013 "Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?"
Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

Biodiversity, Ecology & Global Change - Mary Power

April 22, 2010 "Food Webs in River Networks: Algal Mediated Linkages of Rivers to Watershed and Nearshore Marine Ecosystems"
Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley

Biodiversity, Ecology & Global Change - Stephen Long

February 4, 2010 "Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Food and Global Change Mitigation: Can we have it all?"
Stephen Long, Professor of Crop Sciences, Robert Emerson Professor, and Resident Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Over the coming year, the Harvard community will focus on the food system and how to improve it – how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better . . . how to Food Better. This year, the Harvard Innovation Lab is hosting a year-long Deans' Food System Challenge, in which students from across the university are invited to develop innovative solutions to make our food system more healthy and sustainable. In conjunction with the Challenge, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard University Dining Services, Food Literacy Project, and Harvard Office for Sustainability are opening a year-long, community-wide dialogue about how we can Food Better, which will include events, field trips and more.

The Food Literacy Project cultivates an understanding of food from the ground up. Education focuses on four integrated areas of food and society: agriculture, nutrition, food preparation and community. Ultimately, the project goal is to promote enduring knowledge, enabling consumers to make informed food choices.

The Food Law Lab was founded in the Fall of 2013 by Professor Jacob Gersen as a center for coordinated and directed research in the emerging field of food law. The Food Law Lab is currently situated within the Petrie-Flom Center, and works closely with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) was established in 2010 to link Harvard Law School students with opportunities to work with clients and communities on various food law and policy issues. The FLPC provides legal advice to nonprofits and government agencies seeking to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, and reduce barriers to market entry for small-scale and sustainable food producers, while educating law students about ways to use law and policy to impact the food system.

The mission of the Center is to help people understand that our health, and that of our children, depends on the health of the environment, and that we must do everything we can to protect it. To fulfill its mission, the Center organizes a number of programs for physicians, scientists, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

The research activities sponsored by the Weatherhead Center range from individual projects and small working groups to major international conferences. They address international affairs in the broadest sense, including international economics, international relations, international security, comparative politics, political economy, and global studies.

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