Research & Teaching

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities
Harvard School of Public Health
Instructor in Pediatrics (HMS); Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment (HSPH); Hospitalist, Division of General Pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital)
Harvard Medical School
Reischauer Professor of Social Anthropology; Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Urban Theory
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics; Harvard College Professor
James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Vascular Plants; Co-Director, Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management
Harvard Business School
Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation
Research Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Urban Planning
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health; Program Director, WCS HEAL
Harvard School of Public Health
Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of the Practice of Economic Development; Director, Center for International Development
Harvard Kennedy School
John and Natty McArthur University Professor
Harvard Business School
Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry; Professor of Biology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Co-Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences


A profile on Professor of Early American History Joyce Chaplin
May 24, 2016
A new study co-authored by N. Michele Holbrook and published in "Plant, Cell & Environment" explores just how big fruit can grow
January 14, 2015


The nutritional health of the public begins with food.

Our eating represents our most consequential engagement with the natural world.

In this course, we will explore the development of our modern food production and distribution system and its effects on our environment and planet.  To explore the opportunities for and challenges to achieving a sustainable food system, we will critically review published studies and other asses

This seminar examines the world’s systems for the production and distribution of food as they relate to the earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems.  Using scientific readings, papers about economics and politics, and cases about firms, we consider agriculture and food from scientific,

The Making Rights Real clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard law students, and a network of Ghanaian Human Rights / Development organizations which began in 2002.

This seminar will explore the legal regulation of food.

This course will introduce students to nutrition and global health problems through exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants of nutritional status.

This seminar will present an overview of topics in food law and policy, and will examine how these laws shape what we eat. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to a range of issues impacting the food system from farm to fork to landfill.

This course reviews the policy landscape around food and farming in rich and poor countries.

March 21, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Join the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) for a discussion featuring women from around the world showcasing solutions at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and social justice. Panelists include Kinari Webb, founder of Health In Harmony; Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar; and Fatima Ahmed, founder of Zenab for Women in Development. Professor Gina McCarthy, Director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and former EPA Administrator; Tim Wirth, former US Senator and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Foundation; and Sam Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and Principal Research Scientist at HSPH, will moderate.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
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February 16, 2018
Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, 150 Harrison Ave., Boston
Seven-minute speed talks from leading faculty at BU, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts on agriculture and environmental change, human health and well-being, and the biophysical foundation of global food systems.
Friday, February 16, 2018 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
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February 22, 2018
Room 1023, Wasserstein Campus Center, HLS, 1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
The Harvard Law Forum hosts Karen Washington, Co-founder of Black Urban Growers and Co-creator of Rise & Root Farm, who will share her insights and experience on what lawyers can do to promote urban farming and food justice.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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February 20, 2018
HGHI, 42 Church St., Cambridge
Join the Harvard Global Health Institute for a ‘work-in-progress’ research seminar featuring two talented students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kalé Kponee, HSPH, will present "Indoor Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds and Associated Health Risks in the Niger Delta of Nigeria," and Patrick Kearns, HSPH, will present "How Epidemiology Can Solve Multiple Sclerosis - and Why Solving Autoimmunity Should be a Priority in Global Health." Open to all Harvard University students from all disciplines and of all levels graduate and undergraduate study.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
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February 12, 2018
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment, based at SEAS, will provide generous financial support for six Harvard undergraduates to spend the summer in China conducting research on China's energy and environmental future under the guidance of an English-speaking professor at a leading university, from June 15 to August 16, 2018. Join us for a Q&A session where Harvard-China Project staff and a participating Tsinghua University professor will be available to answer questions about the research assistantship program.
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
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April 16, 2018
100F Pierce, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Becoming a Pathogen: On the Topology of Soil Disease in California’s Strawberry Industry" with Julie Guthman (Radcliffe Institute and UC Santa Cruz).
Monday, April 16, 2018 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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April 9, 2018
100F Pierce, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"The Good Seed: Braided Time and Meaning-Making on GM Seeds in India" with Ashawari Chaudhuri (MIT, HASTS).
Monday, April 9, 2018 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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October 31, 2017
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Bldg, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy welcomes Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times Best Sellers: "The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," "The Botany of Desire, In Defense of Food," "Food Rules" and, mostly recently, "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation." In 2010 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. *Open to Harvard ID holders only*
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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October 25, 2017
Tozzer 203, Tozzer Anthropology Bldg., 21 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Junko Habu, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, presents as part of the Harvard Archaeology Seminar Series.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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November 6, 2017 to November 7, 2017
Nov. 6: Amphitheater, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston Nov. 7: HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
A conference for leaders, scientists, and students to highlight the intersection of nutrition and health, agriculture, and the environment in Africa toward solving complex health and development challenges.
Monday, November 6, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (All day)
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October 12, 2017
Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Foodbetter Harvard invites you to ask questions about the food system and how to improve it: how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better . . . how to Foodbetter. Join a Lightning Round of 5-7 minute Foodbetter Ideas shared by a cross-section of the community, as well as a discussion about how industry leaders are reinventing the food system and their communities from their Boston-area restaurants.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
3:30pm to 6:00pm
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October 12, 2017
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Lecture by Julie Guthman, 2017–2018 Frances B. Cashin Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; professor of social sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:15pm
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September 19, 2017
MIT 10-250, 222 Memorial Dr., Cambridge
Please join the Environmental Solutions Initiative and Dr. Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, for a riveting afternoon on resilient and sustainable global systems.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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September 21, 2017
Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
Ever wondered how to reconcile your love for meat with your love for the planet? Or how our global food system will realistically satisfy and nourish the world's rapidly growing population? Join Natalie Kindred, Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School's Agribusiness Department, and Pat Brown, CEO and Founder of Impossible Foods, for a lively Q&A discussion on science, entrepreneurship, and the defense of food culture, justice, and sustainability. Come curious and hungry.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
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October 30, 2017
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
"How Much Poison is Too Much? Calculating Hazard in International Nutrition Programs and Commodity Trade" with Lucas Mueller (MIT HASTS).
Monday, October 30, 2017 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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October 23, 2017
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
"Remapping Knowledge Exchange: Scientific Agriculture in Sonora, Mexico and Punjab, India" with Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard, History of Science).
Monday, October 23, 2017 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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June 10, 2017
Maxwell Dworkin Bldg, 33 Oxford St., Cambridge
Harvard's Science in the News invites you to a free, day-long science conference consisting of talks and interactive demonstrations given by graduate student scientists. This year’s topics include: Climate change, public health, GMOs, heat waves, agriculture, ocean heat content, honeybees, and more!
Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:30pm
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May 19, 2017
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Measuring Methane Emissions from Dairies" with Claudia Arndt, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Friday, May 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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May 8, 2017
BioLabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents "Understanding and Improving Crop Responses to Global Atmospheric Change" with Lisa Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
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May 2, 2017
Science Center, Hall D, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The HMNH welcomes Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, North Carolina State University, who will discuss the latest research on P. infestans and describe Charles Darwin’s early role in the search for durable resistance to this serious plant disease.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
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Monday, May 8 - "Understanding and Improving Crop Responses to Global Atmospheric Change"

Lisa Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, April 26 - "Improving Agriculture in a Warming World"

David Lobell, William Wrigley Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Associate Professor of Earth System Science; Deputy Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University

Monday, April 3 - "Trends and Challenges in Global Agriculture: The Opportunity for Digital Ag"

Michael K. Stern, CEO and President, The Climate Corporation

Thursday, February 23 - "Meeting Future Food Needs: The Global Food System Under Climate Change"

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

November 1, 2013 "Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?"
Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

April 22, 2010 "Food Webs in River Networks: Algal Mediated Linkages of Rivers to Watershed and Nearshore Marine Ecosystems"
Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley

February 4, 2010 "Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Food and Global Change Mitigation: Can we have it all?"
Stephen Long, Professor of Crop Sciences, Robert Emerson Professor, and Resident Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Over the coming year, the Harvard community will focus on the food system and how to improve it – how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better . . . how to Food Better. This year, the Harvard Innovation Lab is hosting a year-long Deans' Food System Challenge, in which students from across the university are invited to develop innovative solutions to make our food system more healthy and sustainable. In conjunction with the Challenge, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard University Dining Services, Food Literacy Project, and Harvard Office for Sustainability are opening a year-long, community-wide dialogue about how we can Food Better, which will include events, field trips and more.

The Food Literacy Project cultivates an understanding of food from the ground up. Education focuses on four integrated areas of food and society: agriculture, nutrition, food preparation and community. Ultimately, the project goal is to promote enduring knowledge, enabling consumers to make informed food choices.

The Food Law Lab was founded in the Fall of 2013 by Professor Jacob Gersen as a center for coordinated and directed research in the emerging field of food law. The Food Law Lab is currently situated within the Petrie-Flom Center, and works closely with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) was established in 2010 to link Harvard Law School students with opportunities to work with clients and communities on various food law and policy issues. The FLPC provides legal advice to nonprofits and government agencies seeking to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, and reduce barriers to market entry for small-scale and sustainable food producers, while educating law students about ways to use law and policy to impact the food system.

The mission of the Center is to help people understand that our health, and that of our children, depends on the health of the environment, and that we must do everything we can to protect it. To fulfill its mission, the Center organizes a number of programs for physicians, scientists, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

The research activities sponsored by the Weatherhead Center range from individual projects and small working groups to major international conferences. They address international affairs in the broadest sense, including international economics, international relations, international security, comparative politics, political economy, and global studies.

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