Dr. Matthew Booker

Professor of History  | NCSU - Raleigh, NC

Matthew is associate professor of environmental history at NC State University. A National Humanities Center fellow in 2017, he is writing The Rise and Fall of the Edible City, the surprising history of rapid ecological change in America’s industrial cities, focusing on the boom, bust and possible future of aquaculture in urban estuaries. 

His book Down By the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides is the first environmental history of the American West's greatest estuary, from the California Gold Rush to the creation of the first urban national wildlife refuge. It was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Matthew’s research and teaching bridges the humanities and sciences. He coordinates NC State’s interdisciplinary Visual Narrative initiative, directs an oral history initiative on genetic engineering in agriculture, has co-taught courses in three colleges at NC State and advises graduate students in six departments. He teaches US history, history of agriculture, urban history, environmental history and the history of emerging technologies.

Matthew is participating in the Sustainable Classroom on 10/20.