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.
Andrew is responsible for advising undergraduate majors in both Global Studies and in Social and Political History. In addition to consulting with students on course selection and ensuring students meet degree requirements, Andrew also helps students broaden their horizons, maximize their experiences at Carnegie Mellon, and launch their careers by facilitating study abroad opportunities, internships, and other programs in Pittsburgh and around the world. Andrew earned his Ph.D. in History in 2015 from CMU. He has taught numerous courses in the History Department and won the Department's 2015 Goldman Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. Prior to joining the History Department as an Academic Advisor, Andrew worked for the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program where he helped graduate students implement direct service projects to address health and environmental justice in underserved communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Andrew is passionate about helping students succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
Prospective majors in Global Studies are encouraged to meet with the academic advisor to discuss curricular requirements and the declaration process. Declared majors and additional majors in Global Studies should meet regularly with the academic advisor 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.