PhD, Society & Environment
PhD, Society & Environment
Political Ecology of Agriculture; Agri-Environmental Policy; Theories of Race, Culture, and State Power; U.S. Settler Colonialism and Imperialism; Migration; Transnational American Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies
From roughly the early 1940s to the early 1970s, the United States led a set of international capital-intensive agricultural research, technology, and education transfer initiatives. These initiatives were designed to facilitate a more expansive market agrarianism, increase agricultural yields, and combat hunger amidst concerns of a rapidly growing population. Yet, named the “Green Revolution,” these initiatives, in their push for the development of industrial agriculture oriented to the global market, ultimately preempted peasant unrest and undermined larger revolutionary action as they reconstituted states as guarantors of agricultural markets in service of U.S. state power and transnational capitalism.
My dissertation, Race, Containment, and the Settler-Imperial Politics of the Green Revolution, recognizes the Green Revolution as an exercise in the risk management of racial capitalism during a period of great social upheaval: when overlapping, internationalized anticolonial and civil rights movements named the limits of racial democracy and risked undercutting postwar U.S. state power and transnational capitalism. Race, Containment, and the Settler-Imperial Politics of the Green Revolution argues that the mid-twentieth century technical, scientific, and education cooperation efforts, and paired innovations in governance and administration, elaborated upon U.S. state-led and capital-intensive efforts to cultivate forms of Native and Black market agrarianisms developed in the early-twentieth century.
Operating in service of the accumulation of wealth and the exercise of geopolitical power, the Green Revolution remade peoples and places in accordance with the anti-Black and settler colonial logics of the plantation and reservation. Additionally, the transit of the plantation and the reservation toward such ends was based upon domestic innovations in U.S. slave and settler capitalisms. The framework of agricultural technical and scientific cooperation and paired innovations in governance and administration during the mid-twentieth crystallized the emergent trope of “development.” Yet, problematizations of the plantation and reservation in the early twentieth century prefigured such developments globally.
— PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND ESSAYS —
Ayazi, Hossein. "Liberian Settler Colonialism, U.S. Empire, and the Racial Liberal Post-Plantation," American Quarterly (Under review).
Ayazi, Hossein. “‘So God Made a Farmer’: The U.S. Agrarian Imaginary and the Lived/Living Assemblages of Settlement and Empire,” Comparative American Studies (Forthcoming).
Ayazi, Hossein. “Modern Liberalism and its Fictions.” Book review of Lisa Lowe’s The Intimacies of Four Continents. Qui Parle, no. 1–2 (2016): 207–20.
— SELECTED REPORTS —
Elsheikh, Elsadig and Hossein Ayazi. Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration. Berkeley, CA: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Summer 2017
powell, john a., Elsadig Elsheikh, and Hossein Ayazi. "The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Corporations Before People and Democracy." Berkeley, CA: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Spring 2016.
Ayazi, Hossein and Elsadig Elsheikh. "The U.S. Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the United States Food System." Berkeley, CA: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Fall 2015.
Ayazi, Hossein (contributing researcher and author). "San Mateo County Food System Assessment." Redwood City, CA: San Mateo County Food System Alliance, May 2014.
Arnold Schultz Fellowship for Society and Environment, UC Berkeley, Fall 2017
Graduate Student Travel Grant, Critical Ethnic Studies and Minority Scholars Committees, American Studies Association, Fall 2017
UC Consortium for Black Studies in California Research Grant, Spring 2016
ESPM Summer Research Grant, UC Berkeley, Summer 2015
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (Nominee), UC Berkeley, Spring 2015
Mentored Research Award, UC Berkeley, 2015–2016
Graduate Division Summer Research Grant, UC Berkeley, Summer 2014
Center for Race and Gender Research Grant, UC Berkeley, Fall 2013
Graduate Division Summer Research Grant, UC Berkeley, Summer 2013
Associated Students Academic Opportunities Fund Grant, UC Berkeley, Summer 2013
Phi Beta Kappa, UC San Diego, 2010
Provost’s Honors, UC San Diego, 2007 – 2009
UC Berkeley, ESPM, Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 160AC: “American Environmental and Cultural History,” Fall 2014
UC Berkeley, History, Reader, HISTORY 127AC: “California History,” Spring 2014
UC Berkeley, ESPM, Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 155: “Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems,” Fall 2013
UC Berkeley, ESPM, Graduate Student Instructor, ESPM 50AC: “Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management,” Fall 2012
UC San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences / Division of Anthropology, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, BIEB 176: “Conservation and the Human Predicament,” Spring 2009
Tufts University, Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), Postdoctoral Fellow, Comparative Global Humanities, 2018 - 2019
UC Berkeley, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Project Policy Analyst, Global Justice Program, Summer 2018 - Present
UC Berkeley, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Research Fellow, Global Justice Program, Spring 2015 - Spring 2018
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
Division of Society and Environment
University of California, Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720