PhD, Society & Environment
PhD, Society & Environment
I am an interdisciplinary scholar of Transnational American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies who researches the political economy of U.S. agricultural policy and international development in relation to formations of racial capitalism, political culture, and U.S. (settler and imperial) state power.
I carry out my research and writing in both academic and think tank settings. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) and a Project Policy Analyst with the Global Justice program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) at the University of California, Berkeley.
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 the early 1940s to the early 1970s, the United States, in conjunction with corporate, philanthropic, state, and academic actors around the world, led a set of international capital- intensive agricultural research, technology, and education transfer initiatives designed to increase agricultural yields and combat hunger, poverty, and unrest across the Third Word amidst concerns of rapid population growth. Through the devices of U.S. technical assistance and economic aid programs of the mid-twentieth century, these initiatives led to the adoption of high-yield varieties of grains and large-scale mechanized modes of agricultural production, paired with irrigated water supplies and heavy petrochemical use—techno-scientific innovations that seemingly superseded the limitations of “traditional” farming practices and technologies.
My current book project, Verdant Empire: Racial Capitalism, Containment, and the Settler-Imperial Politics of U.S. Agricultural Development, reframes the post-World War II U.S. agricultural and rural development agenda across the Third World as an exercise in the risk management of the imperial accumulations of U.S. racial capitalism, and does so within longer temporalizations of racialization, settlement, and empire. Through careful contextual analysis of the transnational policy, bureaucratic, and academic archives of U.S. agricultural and rural development between the early and mid-twentieth century, it contends that the strategies of and rationales for postwar agricultural and rural development across the Third World had elaborated upon early-twentieth century innovations in U.S. settler colonial and anti-Black forms of subjection, administration, and governance toward the development of a Native market agrarianism and Black market agrarianism.
— PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND ESSAYS —
Ayazi, Hossein. "Race and Empire After the Plantation: Transatlantic Racial Liberal Plantation Criticism and Postwar Agricultural Development," 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.
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Elsheikh, Elsadig and Hossein Ayazi. "The Era of Corporate Consolidation and the End of Competition: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont, and ChemChina-Syngenta". Berkeley, CA: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Fall 2018.
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