Gabriel Nathan Rosenberg

Gabriel Nathan Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies

External address: 
112 East Duke, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708


Gabriel N. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History. He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in History. He was the recipient of the Gilbert C. Fite Award from the Agricultural History Society, the K. Austin Kerr Prize from the Business History Conference, and a François André Michaux Fund Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Program in Agrarian Studies, an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Humanities Center, and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His essays have appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Diplomatic History.

Broadly, Gabriel Rosenberg's research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. In particular, he studies spaces of agricultural production as important sites for the constitution and governance of intimacy – intimacy both between and among humans, animals, and plants. Although central throughout history to human knowledge about reproduction, agriculture has been peripheral to accounts of the governance of sexuality. In tandem, while historical accounts of American state power have productively questioned matters of governance through the lens of agriculture, they have largely overlooked sexuality as its own formative analytic. His research looks to agriculture as a site of knowledge/power formation that inscribes and mobilizes both human and non-human bodies and desire. Reflecting his training as a historian of the modern United States, he uses the archives of the America’s agricultural past to exhume the tangled relationships between agricultural practices and the governance of human gender and sexuality, a relationship that now conditions America’s relationship to the agricultural peripheries of the global South.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Brown University 2011

Selected Grants

Purebred: Making Meat and Eugenics in the Modern United States awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2021

Rosenberg, G. N. The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

Rosenberg, Gabriel N. “Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food.” American Literature, vol. 88, no. 2, June 2016, pp. 408–10.

Rosenberg, Gabriel N. “Beyond the Fruited Plain: Food and Agriculture in U.S. Literature, 1850-1905.” American Literature, vol. 88, no. 2, June 2016, pp. 408–10.

Rosenberg, Gabriel N. “Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 25, no. 1, UNIV TEXAS PRESS, 1 Jan. 2016, pp. 180–82.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, by Timothy Pachirat.” Agricultural History, vol. 87, 2013, pp. 259–61.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Not in This Family: Gays and the Meaning of Kinship in Postwar North America, by Heather Murray.” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, vol. 5, 2012, pp. 337–39.

Rosenberg, Gabriel N. “Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Farms, 1920–1950.” History: Reviews of New Books, vol. 35, no. 2, Informa UK Limited, Jan. 2007, pp. 59–59. Crossref, doi:10.1080/03612759.2007.10527016. Full Text

Rosenberg, G. N. “A Classroom in the Barnyard: Reproducing Heterosexuality in American 4-H.” Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies, edited by M. Gray et al., New York University Press, 2016.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Youth as Infrastructure: 4-H and the Intimate State in the 1920s Rural United States.” Boundaries of the State in U.S. History, edited by J. Sparrow et al., University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Rosenberg, G. N. “The Charleston Slave Conspiracy of 1822.” Conflicts in American History: The Early Republic, 1783-1860, edited by C Brad Nicholson, vol. 2, Facts on File, 2010, pp. 163–90.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Department of Agriculture.” Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, edited by Kathleen Brosnan, Facts on File, 2010.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Breeds and Breeding.” Animals, vol. 10.

Rosenberg, Gabriel. “How Meat Changed Sex.” Glq: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 23, no. 4, Duke University Press, 2017, pp. 473–507. Crossref, doi:10.1215/10642684-4157487. Full Text

Rosenberg, Gabriel N. “A Race Suicide among the Hogs: The Biopolitics of Pork in the United States, 1865–1930.” American Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 1, Project Muse, 2016, pp. 49–73. Crossref, doi:10.1353/aq.2016.0007. Full Text

Rosenberg, G. N., and M. Honeck. “Transnational Generations: Organizing Youth and Cold War International Relations, 1945-1980.” Diplomatic History, vol. 38, Apr. 2014.

Rosenberg, Gabriel. “Fetishizing Family Farms.” The Boston Globe, 10 Apr. 2016.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Where are the Animals in the History of Sexuality?Notches: (Re)Marks on the History of Sexuality, 2 Sept. 2014.

Rosenberg, G. N. “Learning to Hate the Pacers, a Team I Have Long Loved.” Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2014.

Rosenberg, G. N. “A Painful Retreat on Child Labor.” Raleigh News Observer, 2 May 2012.

Rosenberg, G. N. “The Programa Interamericano para la Juventud Rural and Rural Modernization in Cold War Latin America.” Research Reports of the Rockefeller Archives, 2011.