Ian Mosby is a historian of food, health and colonialism with a PhD from York University in Toronto, Ontario. His work has been featured in a wide range of both academic and non-academic publications and, in August 2016, he was named one of the 53 most influential people in Canadian food by the Globe and Mail.
Ian’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. Ian also recently co-curated the still-running, “Food Will Win the War” exhibit at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum.
Ian has written on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the history of the food additive MSG to the history of nutrition education and research in Canada. In 2013, his article on the history of nutrition research and human biomedical experimentation in Indigenous communities and residential schools during the 1940s and 1950s received widespread international media attention. In addition to continuing his main research on these and other experiments conducted in Indigenous communities and residential schools during the post WWII-era, Ian is also currently working on number of other research projects. These include a larger project on the history of food, colonialism and government efforts to ‘modernize’ Indigenous diets in Canada during the twentieth century; the history of United Church operated residential schools; the history of the infant food Pablum; and, in the longer term, the history of the production, consumption, and use of novel food technologies and industrially processed foods in Canada after 1945.
If you want to get in touch, you can email Ian at ian.mosby (at) gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @Ian_Mosby.