Alumni (National Fellow)

Tore Olsson

National Fellow
B.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst (2004)
M.A. University of Georgia Athens (2007)
Ph.D. University of Georgia (2013)
Dream Mentor:
Sarah Phillips
Boston University
Fields of Interest:
Environmental Policy
International Relations
Region: Latin America


Tore Olsson is an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee. Olsson’s teaching and research examine the twentieth-century United States in global perspective, with an emphasis on agriculture, food, environment, rural history, and Latin America, particularly Mexico. Olsson’s first book, “Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside” (Princeton University Press, 2017), weaves together the agrarian history of two places seldom discussed in common context: the American Cotton Belt and Mexico. The book has been honored with five national and international prizes: the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association, the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award from the Agricultural History Society, the William M. LeoGrande Prize from American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, and the Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Olsson’s book is based on his 2013 dissertation, the winner of three national prizes in global, agricultural, and Latin American history. Tore Olsson was the 2012-13 Ambrose Monell Foundation Funded Fellow in Technology and Democracy.

Thesis Description:

Agrarian Crossings: The American South, Mexico, and the Twentieth-Century Remaking of the Rural World

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