Associate Professor, History
Anya Zilberstein (Ph.D., M.I.T., History, Anthropology, Science, Technology, and Society Doctoral Program) joined the Department of History in 2007. She offers courses on early America, the Atlantic world 1500-1800, environmental history, science and empire, slavery, food and agricultural history, and historical methods.
She is the author of A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America (New York: Oxford University Press, Fall 2016), winner of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize.
Her essays and reviews on the history of early America, natural history, and environment have been published in the journals William & Mary Quarterly, Isis, New England Quarterly, Journal of Canadian Studies, and Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies and elsewhere.
She is currently working on research in the history of climate science, food sciences and the British Empire, the history of ornithology, and the history of migration and race.
Her main project, “Fodder for Empire: Feeding People Like Other Animals,” examines the history of experiments in producing and distributing cheap, high-calorie food in non-perishable forms for working people and working animals after the unprecedented expansion of British colonial territory in North America and elsewhere following the Seven Years’ War.Other work in progress includes a collection of essays on the history of the food sciences, co-edited with Emma Spary, to be published in the History of Science Society's annual journal Osiris in 2020; and the conference "Empowering Appetites: The Political Economy and Culture of Food in the Early Atlantic," co-convened by Jennifer Anderson, to take place at the Huntington Library in October 2018.