Julie H Guthman

DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSocial Sciences Division
AffiliationsCommunity Studies Program,
Sociology Department,
Environmental Studies Department
Phone831-459-2726 (office),
831-459-2371 (message)
Web Site Link to CV
Office209 Oakes College
Office HoursWednesdays, 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Campus Mail StopEPC/Community Studies
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Julie H Guthman

Research Interests

Sustainable agriculture and alternative food movements, international political economy of food and agriculture, politics of obesity, environmental health, political ecology, race and food, critical nutrition, and critical human geography.

Selected Publications


Guthman, J. 2016. Going both ways: More chemicals, more organics, and the significance of land in post-methyl bromide fumigation decisions for California's strawberry industry. Journal of Rural Studies 47.

Guthman, J. 2016. online first. Paradoxes of the border: Labor shortages and farmworker minor agency in reworking California’s strawberry fields. Economic Geography.

Guthman, J. and S. Brown. 2016. Midas’ not-so-golden touch: on the demise of methyl iodide as a soil fumigant in California. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 18 (3).

Guthman, J. and S. Brown. 2016. Whose life counts: Biopolitics and the “bright line” of chloropicrin mitigation in California’s strawberry industry. Science, Technology and Human Values 41 (3).

Guthman, J. 2015. Binging and purging: Agro-food capitalism and the body as socio-ecological fix. Environment and Planning A: 47 (12).

Mansfield, B. and J. Guthman. 2015. Epigenetic life: Biological plasticity, abnormality, and new configurations of race and reproduction. Cultural Geographies. 22 (1)

Guthman, J. 2014. Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California, 2nd edition, University of California Press

Guthman, J. 2011. Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism, University of California Press

Guthman, J. 2008. Bringing good food to others: Investigating the subjects of alternative food practice. Cultural Geographies 15 (4).

Guthman, J. 2008. Neoliberalism and the making of food politics in California, Introduction to special issue, Geoforum. 39 (3).

Guthman, J. 2007. The Polanyian way? Voluntary food labels as neoliberal governance, Antipode 39 (3).

Guthman, J. 2004. Back to the land: the paradox of organic food standards, Environment and Planning A 36 (3).


Courses Taught

CMMU 133: Transforming California
CMMU 156: Politics of Food and Health
CMMU 145: Globalization and Its Discontents
CMMU 149: Political Economy of Food and Agriculture
CMMU 186: Agriculture, Food, and Social Justice
ENVS 196: Contemporary Movements for Social Justice and Sustainability in Agricultur
ENVS 280: Advanced Reading Seminar
ANTH 247: Critical Perspectives on Nutrition