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Ian Mosby

Ian Mosby

EducationHistory PhD from York University
OfficeJOR 509
Phone416-979-5000 Ext. 556205
Areas of ExpertiseHistorian of food, indigenous health and the politics of settler colonialism

Dr. Ian Mosby is a historian of food, Indigenous health and the politics of settler colonialism who joined the Department of History in 2019. He has a PhD in History from York University and his current research focuses the history of human biomedical experimentation on Indigenous peoples in Canada during the second half of the twentieth century. He’s published widely on topics ranging from the history of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and anti-Chinese racism to the long-term health impacts of hunger and malnutrition in residential schools. His research has made national headlines on a number of occasions and, in August 2016, he was named one of the 53 most influential people in Canadian food by the Globe and Mail.

Dr. Mosby’s first book, Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front, was published by UBC Press in 2014. Food Will Win the War was awarded the 2015 Political History Book Prize by the Canadian Historical Association and, in 2016, was shortlisted for a Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.