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Anya Zilberstein

Associate Professor, History


Anya Zilberstein
Office: S-LB 1041-15 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5089

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, 2016; paperback 2019), winner of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize.

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 essays that emerged from the conference "Empowering Appetites: The Political Economy and Culture of Food in the Early Atlantic," co-convened by Jennifer Anderson, at the Huntington Library in October 2018.

With Molly Warsh (University of Pittsburgh), she is co-editor of the new Routledge book series New/Old Natures: Histories of the Environment.

For the 2019 Summer Course "Edible Environments: In & Beyond Montreal," from 11-19 July, please see:

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