Jack Kloppenburg

Jack KloppenburgJack Kloppenburg, professor emeritus in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the Thomas Hall Lecture in the History of Science.

Kloppenburg’s academic career began at the dawn of biotechnology’s entry into the food industry. His research into the history of plant breeding and seed production, and his work on access to, and control over plant genetic resources, culminated in his seminal publication, “First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology, 1492-2000.” He continues to study the social impacts of biotechnology while also remaining involved in initiatives that promote just and sustainable food systems.