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Jane Mt. Pleasant

Jane Mt. Pleasant


Considered a national expert in Iroquois agriculture, Jane is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. Her research focuses on Iroquois agriculture, knowledge, and the productivity of Indigenous cropping systems. She frequently lectures and gives presentations about these topics and their links to contemporary agricultural sustainability. She examines Iroquois agriculture from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes history, archeology, paleobotany, and cultural/social anthropology in order to provide a critically needed bridge between scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work in Iroquois Studies. More recently she has expanded her research to include pre-Columbian agriculture in eastern/central North America, to better understand the nature and productivity of indigenous agriculture in this region. Moreover, Jane is affiliated with the American Indian Program at Cornell. Her graduate fields of study include: American Indian Studies, Horticulture, Soil/ Crop Sciences, and lastly International Agriculture and Rural Development.

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