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Jan Dutkiewicz

Assistant Professor


I am a political economist in the classical sense: I study the ethical, political, legal, social, and environmental dimensions of economic activity. My research examines the design, production, circulation, and consumption of everyday commodities, with a primary substantive focus on meat and other food products and a geographical focus on the United States. My two current primary projects are a monograph about the politics of American corporate meat production and a co-authored trade book envisioning a more just and sustainable food system.

My academic research has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Lancet Planetary Health, Nature-Food, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Cultural Economy, and Food Ethics. I have also written about the politics and environmental impacts of food production and novel food technologies for publications including WIRED, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Vox, and The Wall Street Journal.

I hold a Ph.D. and MPhil in Politics from the New School for Social Research, and most recently was a Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School. Previously, I held the Connie Caplan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Swiss National Science Foundation. My work has been supported by a Doctoral Award and other grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), an Ira Katznelson Dissertation Fellowship from the New School for Social Research, and a Graduate Student Fellowship at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Wesleyan University, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the Martin School at Oxford University.

Selected recent publications 

2023     Jochen Krattenmacher, Paula Casal, Jan Dutkiewicz, et al. “Universities should lead on the plant-based dietary transition.” The Lancet Planetary Health. 7 (5), e354-e355

2022     Dwayne Holmes, David Humbird, Jan Dutkiewicz, Yadira Tejeda-Saldana, Breanna Duffy, and Isha Datar. “Cultured Meat Needs a Race to Mission, Not a Race to Market.” Nature Food. 3: 785–787.

2021     Jan Dutkiewicz & Elan Abrell. “Sanctuary to Table Dining? Cellular Agriculture and the Ethics of Cell Donor Animals.” Politics and Animals. 7(1): 1-15.

2021     Justin Bernstein & Jan Dutkiewicz. “A Public Health Ethics Case for Mitigating Zoonotic Disease Risk in Food Production.” Food Ethics. 6(9): doi: 10.1007/s41055-021-00089-6

2021     Jan Dutkiewicz and Jonathan Dickstein. “The Ism in Veganism: The Case for a Minimal Practice-Based Definition.” Food Ethics. 6(2): doi: 10.1007/s41055-020-00081-6

2020     Raychel Santo, Brent Kim, Sarah Goldman, Jan Dutkiewicz, et al. “Considering Plant-Based Meat Substitutes and Cell-Based Meats: A Public Health and Food System Perspective.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 4:134. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2020.00134

2020     Jan Dutkiewicz. “Uncertain Hog Futures: Life, Death, and Arbitrage on the Factory Farm.” Journal of Cultural Economy. 13(3): 278-289.

2018     Jan Dutkiewicz. “Transparency and the Factory Farm: Counter-Activism and Agritourism at Fair Oaks Farms.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. 18(2): 19-32.

2015     Jan Dutkiewicz. “Important Cows and Possum Pests: New Zealand’s Biodiversity Strategy and (Bio)Political Taxonomies of Introduced Species.” Society & Animals. 23(4): 379-399.

2015     Jan Dutkiewicz. “Pretzel Logic.” Space and Culture. 18(1): 25-38.

2013     Jan Dutkiewicz. “‘Postmodernism,’ politics, and pigs.” PhaenEx. 8(2): 296-307.