Director of Global Studies, Department of History
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.
Academic Program Manager
Through Summer 2017, Emily Half is the main point of contact for undergraduate students in the Global Studies program. Contact her with questions about declaring a GS major, course schedules and plans, and general questions about the program.
Prospective majors in Global Studies are encouraged to meet with the academic program manager to discuss curricular requirements and the declaration process. Declared majors and additional majors in Global Studies should meet regularly with the academic program manager to discuss curricular requirements, registration for classes, study abroad, and many other issues. The director is happy to meet with students to discuss their curricular interests, research opportunities, and thesis options.
The anthropologists, historians, and literary and cultural studies scholars who make up the core faculty draw upon a wide range of theory and methodologies but share an interest in interpreting the complex and shifting relationships among diverse groups of people - be they heads of states, migrant workers, or international film stars – embedded in specific cultures, economies, and environments.