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Last Name
University of Pennsylvania
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agricultural history, Amish, animal science, animal studies, Anthropocene, environmental history, ethnography, feed industry, food studies, history of technology, nutrition, science and religion, STS, United States
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About Me

Nicole Welk-Joerger is a doctoral candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s History and Sociology of Science department. She investigates historical and ethnographic moments when issues of human and animal health meet. Nicole is currently writing a dissertation that uses the history of animal nutrition science and the animal feed industry to understand current political debates about human, animal, and environmental health. Her dissertation will trace these intricacies found in American food systems, and how these systems rely on and transform non-human bodies and landscapes. Nicole is also a Smithsonian Institute and Lemelson Center Fellow, using her summer and winter breaks to work with materials in the National Museum of American History.

Recent Publications

“Amish community,” in The Oxford Companion to Cheese (2016).

“The Armsby Respiration Calorimeter.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (forthcoming, October 2018 publication).


Web-based publications:

The Food Animal Problem/The Food Animal Solution,” Network in Canadian History and Environment, 4 December 2017.

The Halter and the Crop,” Lady Science, 18 July 2017.

Milk: A History of Tasting What Cows Eat,” Nursing Clio, 6 April 2017.

Entries from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) Fellows Blog

Mourning the Spokes-animal for Climate Change,” 11 July 2018.

Feed for Thought,” 11 October 2017.

Re-framing our Climate Conversations: Taking a “Bird’s Eye” View of our Complex Human Food Systems,” 1 June 2016.

Companion Species Climate Change and Our Food Animal Futures,” 10 May 2016.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Environment, Food History, Government, Material Culture, Medicine, Politics, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History, Science, Technology, Women, World War I, World War II