Proposal preview


In the early 1970s, U.S. historian Manuel Machado Jr. published an article outlining an ambitious agenda for historians: to compile comparative studies of livestock farming in the Americas. Machado contended that the continent’s common stock-raising culture could function as a starting point to address economic, political, and social developments among the region’s people and institutions. This session proposal is a partial response to Machado’s call. We will bring together scholars whose work deals with a diverse array of aspects related to the livestock economy across the Americas, from colonial times to the past century. Topics of presentations will address several potential themes: production (husbandry methods, stock improvement, or breeding technology); livestock commercial circuits (regional and international, including modes of transportation and cattle trails); the environmental impact of ranching (diseases, deforestation, water overuse); property rights (disputes over land, grazing rights, or crop displacement); meat production (preserved and refrigerated); meat supply chains and consumption of animal derived foods. One of the goals is to highlight current scholarship on a commodity that, while receiving significant domestic attention across the continent, has barely been the focus of systematic research beyond national boundaries. One additional related objective of this session is to underscore past and recent transnational trends in breeding technology, animal disease control, and human nutrition standards.


  • Maria-Aparecida Lopes, California State University, Fresno, mlopes@csufresno.,edu , United States
  • Robert W. Wilcox, Northern Kentucky University ,, United States

Session members

  • Eduardo Martín Cuesta, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina),
  • Carla Menegat , Instituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense,
  • Juan José Martínez Barraza, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Chile),
  • Leland Turner, Midwestern State University (U.S.),
  • María Cecilia Zuleta, El Colegio de México (Mexico),
  • María Inés Moraes, Universidad de la República, (Uruguay). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administración,
  • Maria-Aparecida Lopes, California State University, Fresno (U.S.),
  • Reinaldo Funes Monzote, Universidad de La Habana (Cuba), Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez,
  • Reynaldo de los Reyes Patiño, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas Mora (Mexico),
  • Robert W. Wilcox, Northern Kentucky University (U.S.),
  • Sandro Dutra e Silva, Universidade Estadual de Goiás e Centro Universitário de Anápolis (Brasil),
  • Shawn Van Ausdal, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia),
  • Joshua Specht, Monash University ,

Proposed discussant(s)

  • Maria-Aparecida Lopes , California State University, Fresno ,