James E. McWilliams


James E. McWilliams is currently a fellow in the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. An associate professor of history at Texas State University, he is the author of three books, most recently Just Food: How Locavores Are Endangering the Future of Food and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little Brown, June 2009). His other books include American Pests: Our Futile Attempt to Conquer the Insect Empire from Colonial Times to the Death of DDT (Columbia, 2008) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia, 2005).


His articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. In 2001 he won the Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History, awarded by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and in 2004 was honored with an AltWeekly Award for arts criticism from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN).