Meet Susanne Freidberg, PhD

In April 2012 Dr. Freidberg discussed her work on the environmental impact of industrialized food production and distribution in The Politics of Food's Environmental Footprint

Susanne Freidberg, PhD. is a Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. She received her PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research on modern food production is comprehensive. It spans the fields of agro-biz studies, cultural economy, and science and technology studies.


Dr. Freidberg has written two books on modern food production for the general reader. The first was French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age (Oxford University Press, 2004), a comparison of two post-colonial fresh produce trades linking Africa and Europe.


Her second book, Fresh: A Perishable History (Belknap Press, 2009), examines how the meaning of ""freshness"" in food has changed along with the technologies designed to protect it. Details about these books and her other work can be found on Dr. Freidberg's website

Professor Freidberg has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Mellon New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the 2010 Sally Hacker Prize, Society for the History of Technology. During the academic year 2011-2012 she was a Burkhardt Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.