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Dartmouth geography professor wins two research fellowships

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 03/27/09 •
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Susanne Freidberg
Susanne Freidberg (photo by Marilyn Humphries)

Susanne Freidberg, associate professor of geography, was recently awarded both the Mellon New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

The Mellon New Directions Fellowship assists faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who wish to acquire systematic training outside their own disciplines. This program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to work on problems that interest them most but also require a high degree of cross-disciplinary research.

The Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship supports scholars in the humanities and social sciences and provides potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects.

Freidberg’s project focuses on the scientific and popular debates over where food should come from, in light of the growing concern about climate change. “I’m especially interested in the normative assumptions and politics that go into measuring food’s ‘carbon footprint.’ It’s a project that will involve talking to a lot of scientists, among others.” Freidberg will use the Mellon New Directions Fellowship to take courses in ecology and related disciplines to provide a foundation in the principles and techniques of carbon footprint measurement. During her Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, Freidberg will conduct research at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

Freidberg’s second book, Fresh: A Perishable History was just published by Harvard University Press. It traces the changing meanings of freshness in food, particularly since the late 19th century advent of refrigeration and improved transportation.

Freidberg’s first book examined freshness from a different perspective. French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age (Oxford 2004) compared two postcolonial fresh vegetable trades between Africa and Europe and traced the far-reaching, culturally distinctive effects of European “food fears” on production and exchange relations.

Freidberg came to Dartmouth in 1998. She has a B.A. in anthropology from Yale and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California, Berkeley.

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