John Garnett

John Garnett

World History: agricultural history, history of science and technology, environmental history, global/transnational history, history of Latin America

Professor Garnett earned his doctorate in history from George Mason University where his research focused on the global spread of wheat seed technology during Green Revolution in the 20th century. His research interests include the history of science and technology, commodity and food history, environmental history, and globalization.

Professor Garnett has leveraged his expertise in history to support the publication of a history of electricity that was awarded to J.P. Morgan’s NextList, contributed to expert witness testimony in billion dollar electricity cases, and worked as a data modeler and subject matter expert for various consulting firms in Washington D.C. Professor Garnett recently worked in the field of public history at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on various projects including data visualizations and the construction of a survey on the public’s perception of the humanities.

Selected Publications

Dissertation: “Wheat Man’s Burden”: Wheat Rust, Trickle Down Agricultural Economics, and the Origins of the Green Revolution in Mexico (1842-1970)

Review: “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon.” Journal of Social History. Volume 48, Issue 4 (Summer 2015).

Co-author: “Food Systems and the Environment (1950s-present),” in Ed Russell and Sally Fairfax, eds. The Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy (New York: CQ Press, 2014).