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Rebecca Woods

Graduate Student Affiliate


Rebecca Woods

Rebecca Woods is a PhD student in history, anthropology, science, technology, and society (HASTS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She studies the history of livestock breeding and meat production in the late-nineteenth-century British Empire. Her research explores the standardizing impulse of the nineteenth century, and how it reconfigured livestock and landscapes in Australasia and North America in the name of putting meat on British tables. Woods’ dissertation addresses the interaction between the imperial metropole and colonial fringes by examining significance of “native” British breeds of sheep and cattle in the formation of consumer tastes in Britain, in ecological change in Australasia and North America, and in the formation of colonial identities and cultures.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • PhD Student in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society (HASTS), MIT
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University