RACHEL THAYER BOOTHBY
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
World Regional Geography (online course), Summer 2017
People, Land, and Food, Summer 2016
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
Introduction to Human Geography, 2017
Living in the Global Environment, 2016
Environmental Conservation, 2015
Volunteer at Dane County Humane Society, Volunteer, 2013-2014
American Society for Environmental History Conference, Volunteer, 2011
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
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
International HACCP Alliance, HACCP Certified
Meat Processing Course, UW Madison, Completion
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