I am a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, concentrating on American Environmental History. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, I traveled to South Asia, interned for the federal government, and wrote a senior thesis on a southern plains town. After graduating, I volunteered in West Africa. Recently, I completed a master’s thesis on Rockefeller Foundation’s agricultural research and development project in 1940s Mexico. My experiences, the places I live, and the people I meet along the way all inspire me. As such, I’m broadly interested in technology transfer and agricultural development, and the relationship between ideas of conservation and resource consumption. I am currently interested in a project on the Forest Products Laboratory.


  • U.S. History and American Environmental History

MA Title:

  • “Blueprint for Hungry Nations: The Mexican Agricultural Program and the Origin of the Green Revolution"


  • BA - The University of Texas at Austin


  • Phillip Loring Allen Fellowship
  • University Fellowship
  • Lewis L. Gould Best Thesis Prize for Excellence in U.S. History (from the University of Texas at Austin)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Forest History Society
  • Agricultural History Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa

History Courses Taught as TA:

  • History 102: America from the Civil War to the Present
  • History 460: American Environmental History


Lauren Ayers


William J. Cronon