Carnegie Mellon University

John Soluri

John Soluri

Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies

  • Baker Hall 363
  • 412-268-7122


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.


Ph.D.: University of Michigan, 1998



Chapters in Edited Books

  • “Seals and Seal Hunters along the Patagonian Littoral, 1780-1960.” InCentering 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

Department Member Since: 1999