Jack Loveridge

Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Science

Jack Loveridge received his PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. He works at the intersection of history and development studies, with expertise in the history of science, medicine, and agriculture in South Asia and the wider British Empire during the 19th and 20th centuries.

A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development, his doctoral research examined how independent India redesigned its agricultural economy, inscribed political and economic boundaries upon the natural environment, and policed rural populations during the course of decolonization and in an effort to break the colonial cycle of famine.

His work examines the changes within the agricultural and nutritional sciences in the context of the development projects of international organizations, including the World Bank, the FAO, and the WHO, and U.S.-based philanthropic organizations operating in South Asia during the 1950s and 1960s. To that end, he is particularly interested in the design and function of model villages, experimental farms, clinics, and nutritional research laboratories.

He is currently working on his book manuscript, tentatively titled Curing Hunger: Humanitarian Science and the Economic Origins of South Asia’s Green Revolution.

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