A Land of Grass and Cows: Rancher and Peasant in the Making of Modern Colombia
Resident Associate, 2018–19
Shawn Van Ausdal is Associate Professor of History and Geography at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. With a doctorate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, his research lies at the intersection of environmental history, agrarian (and food) studies, and development geographies.
- NHC Beyond Beauty: Exploring the Environmental Humanities series: “Landscapes of Inequality: Colombia’s Agricultural Heritage,” at Chapel Hill Public Library, January 12, 2019
- Van Ausdal, Shawn and Robert Wilcox. “Hoofprints: Ranching and Landscape Transformation.” In A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Claudia Leal, John Soluri, and José Augusto Pádua. New York: Berghahn, 2018.
- Van Ausdal, Shawn. “Reimagining the Tropical Beef Frontier and the Nation in Early Twentieth-Century Colombia.” In Trading Environments: Frontiers, Commercial Knowledge and Environmental Transformation, 1820–1990, edited by Gordon M. Winder and Andreas Dix, 166-92. New York: Routledge, 2016.
- Van Ausdal, Shawn and Robert Wilcox. “Hoofprints: Ranching and Landscape Transformation.” RCC Perspectives 7 (2013): 73-9.
- Van Ausdal, Shawn. “Productivity Gains and the Limits of Tropical Ranching in Colombia, 1850–1950.” Agricultural History 86, no. 3 (2012): 1-32.
- Van Ausdal, Shawn. “Pasture, Power, and Profit: An Environmental History of Cattle Ranching in Colombia, 1850-1950.” Geoforum 40, no. 5 (2009): 707-19.