I am an environmental historian with research interests in agrarian studies and the history of science and technology. My work is global and comparative in scope. My research describes the environmental legacy of industrialization, especially for farmers and others who work in the increasingly globalized world of food production. In my book Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1964 (Yale University Press, 2014) I examined how Soviet agriculture industrialized, and argued that many of the failures of Soviet agriculture were clearly the fault of the harsh environment of the Soviet Union, rather than the corruption or poor planning by the Soviet state. My current research focuses on the environmental history of the 20th Century more broadly, and on the environmental impact of development projects and decolonization during the 20th Century. Specifically, my current research examines issues of food security, agricultural overproduction and the shift many farmers have made and are making away from subsistence agriculture and toward cash crops in developing countries, including Russia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. I organize my research around the uneasy relationships that farmers maintain with state governments, and the ways in which the distrust and conflicting priorities between these groups has resulted in environmental degradation, food insecurity, and agricultural waste. Trained as a historian, I work primarily with archival sources, but I often incorporate concepts and research strategies from the fields of anthropology and STS.