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Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Aaron Bobrow-Strain is a professor of politics at Whitman College, where he teaches courses on food, immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. He is the author of "The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez," "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf" and "Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas." In the 1990s, he worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an educator and activist. He is a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition.

Along with academic journals in the U.S. and Mexico, his writing on has appeared in The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Salon, Gastronomica and The Huffington Post.

He has a master's degree in Latin American studies from Stanford University and a doctorate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council and won teaching prizes from UC Berkeley and Whitman College.

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Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story
Nuestras Raices
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2019
ISBN 9780374191979
432 pages
$28.00, INSTOCK
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What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U. More/less

White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Beacon Press
January 2013
ISBN 9780807044780
257 pages
$19.00, INSTOCK
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What can the history of America's one-hundred-year love-hate relationship with sliced white bread tell us about contemporary efforts to change the way we eat? Fluffy industrial loaves are about as far from slow, local, and organic as you can get, but the story of social reformers, food experts, and diet gurus who blieved that getting people to eat certain food could restore the nation's decaying physical, moral, and social fabric will sound very familiar. More/less

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