RACHEL THAYER BOOTHBY

Curriculum vitae

 

EDUCATION

 

PhD     University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography (expected July 2018)      

Minor: Landscapes of Food Production and Consumption, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, advised by Michael Bell (Sociology)

Committee: William Cronon (chair), Matthew Turner, Sarah Moore, Elizabeth Hennessy (Environmental Studies/History), Anna Andrzejewski (Art History)

Specific Exam Areas: Material Culture, Animal Studies

General Exam Areas: Environmental History, Political Ecology, Feminist Geography

M.S.    University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography, 2014                                           

B.S.     University of California, Berkeley, High Distinction, 2009

Major: Conservation & Resource Studies (Political Ecology concentration), with high distinction

Minor: Italian Studies

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

2017    PhD Research and Travel Award, Center for Culture, History, and Environment

2017    Odebolt Travel Award, UW Madison Department of Geography

2017    Jamie Brooks Memorial Scholarship, Center for Culture, History, and Environment

2017     DAAD Danube Workshop Grant, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

2016     Public Humanities Fellowship, UW Madison Center for the Humanities

2016     Trewartha PhD Research Award, UW Madison Department of Geography

2015     Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship, Annie’s Organics

2015     Teaching Fellowship Award, UW Madison College of Letters and Science

2014     Odebolt Travel Award, UW Madison Department of Geography

2014     Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Summer Research Grant, UW Madison

2013     Trewartha Travel Award Recipient, UW Madison Department of Geography

2011     Trewartha MS Research Award Recipient, UW Madison Department of Geography

2007     San Francisco Institute of Italian Culture Scholarship

 

PUBLICATIONS

Public Reports

2012     “Major obstacles to organic processing in the upper Midwest.” Report to the Organic Processing Institute and University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

2008     “Macroinvertebrate survey of Alameda Creek June 2008-August 2008.” Report to the East Bay Regional Park District Stewardship Division.

Selected Press

2016     Cox, Katie. December 6, 2016. “Could this be the Wikipedia for Food Safety?” The New Food Economy. Available: http://newfoodeconomy.com/wikipedia-food-safety/.

2016     Lorenzsonn, Erik. December 1, 2016. “Underground Food Helps Launch Open Source Food Safety Website.” The Cap Times. Available: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/underground-food-helps-launch-open-source-food-safety-website/article_5f8e10c7-f211-58a3-b879-ceb2a66b1b41.html.

 

INVITED LECTURES

2017    Invited guest lecture in Animal Studies Course, Professor Elizabeth Hennessy

2017     Boothby, Rachel and Jonathan Hunter. “Open Source HACCP Plans, Food Safety, and the Underground Food Collective.” New England Meat Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire.

2017     Boothby, Rachel and Craig Eley. “Open Information and the Digital Humanities.” UW Madison Open Meet Up. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 
CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Conference Attendance

2017     Center for Culture, History, and Environment Graduate Research Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin.

2016     Factory Farm Summit, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project. Green Bay, Wisconsin.

2016     Center for Culture, History, and Environment Graduate Research Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin.

2015     Pig Out: Hogs and Humans in Global and Agricultural Context. Yale Program in Agrarian Studies.

2014     The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities. The Rachel Carson Center for Environmental Studies, Munich, Germany, and the Center for Culture, History, and Environment, UW Madison.

Papers Presented

2017     “The afterlife of the pig and American consumption.” Paper session: The Politics of Contemporary Consumption. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Boston.

2015     “Toward a visceral politics of farm-to-table restaurants.” Paper session: Tasting Ecologies. Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, February 2015.

2014     “Farm trucks, not semis: a farm-to-table imaginary and the world of its production. Master’s thesis Public Talk, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2014     “Making local food: farm-to-table restaurants and their geographic imaginaries. Paper session: Producing and Provisioning. Center for Culture, History, and Environment Graduate Student Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2013     “The farmer and the chef: farm-to-table restaurant sourcing and the co-production of ‘local food.’” Paper session: Devolution, revolution, or modest reform? Locating farm-to-institution programs in geographic research. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Los Angeles.

2013     “The farmer and the chef: farm-to-table restaurant sourcing and the co-production of ‘local food.’” Presentation to Human-Environment Research Discussion, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor

World Regional Geography (online course), Summer 2017

People, Land, and Food, Summer 2016

Teaching Assistant

American Environmental History, Spring 2015 & Fall 2017

World Regions in Global Context (online), Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Introduction to Human Geography (head TA), Spring 2014-Fall 2014

Introduction to Human Geography, Spring 2012-Fall 2014

Environmental Conservation, Fall 2011-Fall 2012

Grader

Introduction to Human Geography, 2017

Living in the Global Environment, 2016

Environmental Conservation, 2015

 
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

External Service

Volunteer at Dane County Humane Society, Volunteer, 2013-2014

American Society for Environmental History Conference, Volunteer, 2011

University Service

Food Studies Network Steering Committee, Member, 2017-2018

Edge Effects Digital Magazine, Managing Editor, 2016-2017

Edge Effects Digital Magazine, Editor, 2014-2016

CHE Graduate Associate Organizing Committee, Member, 2015-2017

CHE Writing Retreat, Organizer, 2014-2015

CHE Place-Based Workshops Planning Committees, Member, 2013-2015

Tales from Planet Earth Environmental Film Festival, 2013 & 2015

Department Service

Yi Fu Tuan Speaker Series Committee, Grad Rep, 2017-2018

Geography Graduate Studies Committee, Grad Rep, 2015-2016

Undergraduate Women in Geography Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2015-2016

Geography Department Social Event Organizer, 2012-2015

Geography Graduate Student Mentorship Program, Co-Organizer, 2014-2015

Geography Graduate Student Mentorship Program, Mentor, 2013-2014

Women in Geography Group, Co-Organizer, 2013-2014

       
LANGUAGES

Italian, intermediate

 

CERTIFICATES

International HACCP Alliance, HACCP Certified

Meat Processing Course, UW Madison, Completion

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Association of American Geographers, Member

UW Madison Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), Graduate Student Affiliate

UW Madison Women in Geography Group, Member

UW Madison Geography Human-Environment Research Discussion, Member

UW Madison Geography Human Geography Interest Group, Member