Episode 128: Historian Yan Slobodkin on the Current Moment

Yan Slobodkin

Yan Slobodkin is a historian of modern Europe, with a focus on French colonial and transnational history. He stops by the GrottoPod this week to discuss his current book project—a history of famine in 19th- and 20th-century North Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia, and its relationship to changing ideas of scientific control, political obligation, and humanitarian ethics—and its relevance to the current coronavirus pandemic. (You can find his recent Slate op-ed, “Famine Is a Choice,” here.)

Yan received his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of the Knowledge at The University of Chicago.

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