John Soluri

Associate Professor
Ph.D.: University of Michigan, 1998
Department Member Since: 1999


Professor Soluri's research and teaching explore the relationship between social and environmental change in Latin America with a particular focus on the commodification of biological organisms. He is currently researching and writing a book centered on animals, markets, borders, and environmental change in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (1800-2000). His book, Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States (2005) won the George Perkins Marsh award for best book awarded by the American Society for Environmental History. He is a founding member of SOLCHA, the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Environmental History and a board member of Building New Hope, a Pittsburgh-based NGO promoting fair trade, small-scale agriculture and education in the Americas.

selected Publications

Culturas Bananeras: Producción y Transformaciones Socioambientales. Bogotá, Colombia: Editorial Siglo del Hombre, 2013.
Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).
Chapters in Edited Books
“Seals and Seal Hunters along the Patagonian Littoral, 1780-1960.” In Centering Animals: Writing Animals into Latin American History, edited by Martha Few and Zeb Totorici. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.
“Tela, Honduras: A Company Town.” In Mapping Latin America: Space and Society, 1492-2000, edited by Karl Offen and Jordana Dym. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Recent Journal Articles
“Something Fishy: Chile’s Blue Revolution, Commodity Diseases and the Problem of Sustainability.” Latin American Research Review, 46 (2011): 55-81.
“Empire's Footprint: The Ecological Dimensions of a Consumers’ Republic” OAH Magazine of History 25 (2011): 15-20

Courses Taught

Advanced Seminar in Global Studies
Global Histories: Latin America and Global Environmental Change
Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating
Energy, Environment, Globalization in the Americas
Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America-U.S. Relations
Theory and Practice in History and Policy
History and Policy Project Course

Contact Info

Department of History
Baker Hall 363
P: 412.268.7122
F: 412.268.1019