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Rich Horwitz

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Richard P. Horwitz is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, a Senior Fellow of the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, and an independent consultant. He holds a Ph.D. (1975) in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied interdisciplinary approaches to the United States, emphasizing cultural anthropology and history. For about 40 years his work has centered on the interpretation of everyday life in the U.S. – institutions, routines, and folkways on the job, at home, and in neighborhoods. The work is both scholarly and applied, particularly in regard to environmental, agricultural, and international affairs. He has worked extensively in more than a dozen African, Asian, and European nations to contribute to the development of his field and cross-cultural understanding more generally. These visits have been sponsored by universities, non-governmental organizations, and national as well as international agencies, including two Distinguished Senior Fulbright Awards.

He is currently working as a researcher, writer, and consultant on cultural issues in environmental affairs – analyzing and assisting communication and cooperation among policymakers, scientists, first responders, and the public. Since 2010, he has been Principal Investigator for federally funded projects to research and develop ways to improve the sustainability of dairy farms, to coordinate the Secure Milk Supply Project in New England, and to improve response to livestock disease emergencies in the U.S. as a whole. From 2002 to 2009, he produced and maintained all State plans for dealing with environmental and agricultural emergencies.

Major publications include five books: two anthologies – The American Studies Anthology (an international, interdisciplinary introduction to the sources of interest in the U.S.) and Exporting America (about American Studies around the world, with contributions from eleven countries) – and three original volumes – Anthropology Toward History (about interdisciplinarity, applied toward understanding workaday life in an industrializing New England town), The Strip (about highway-oriented commerce, making beds, burgers, cash, and community along a modern Midwestern roadside) and Hog Ties (about the implications of modern agriculture and medical science for the quality of life in America). This last work draws on his experience moonlighting as a hired hand on a 2000-acre hog/grain/cattle farm for 20 years. He has also served as a researcher, writer, photographer, consultant, and public presenter for the Smithsonian Institution (e.g., for the Festival of American Folklife) and several state and national science, arts, education, humanities, and public policy agencies. His public-sector projects include documentary fieldwork among diverse groups, especially producers and consumers ("stakeholders") of environmental information (e.g., about emergencies, climate change, public health and safety, agriculture and wildlife management). Recent awards include prizes for life-time achievement in mentoring students and for the outstanding article of the year in American Studies.

Recent planning, research and outreach activities include:

For the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the state of Rhode Island
   - Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and foreign animal disease (FAD) assessments for biosecurity and implementation of continuity of business plans
   - Provide highly contagious animal disease preparedness and response expertise support to USDA-APHIS-VS
For the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the state of Vermont
   - Evaluate the applicability of a Readiness Rating developed for permitting milk movement during a highly contagious livestock disease outbreak
   - Facilitate a New England regional emergency exercise utilizing the tool
   - Readiness Rating for Continuity of Dairy Operations in a FMD Control Area
For the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the New England States Animal Agricultural Security Alliance (NESAASA)
   - Review and analyze New England's fluid milk marketing pattern for development of a Secure Milk Supply (SMS) Plan
   - Integrate the regional New England risk analysis into Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Continuity of Business planning.
   - New England Secure Milk Supply Plan and Training and Exercise Materials
   - Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) as a Hazard for New England Dairies (Comprehensive vulnerability assessment)
   - Communicating  with Dairy Consumers About FMD. (Guide to risk communication in an emergency)
   - New England Secure Milk Supply Project (Regional analysis, reports, recommendations, and outreach materials
   - New England as a Jurisdiction for Supporting Continuity of Dairy Operations: A Reassment
   - Assessing Farm Readiness for Emergency Milk Movement in New England
   - New York Suppliers, Routes, and Strategies for Continuity of Dairy Commerce in New England
   - Dairy Farms That Touch the Public and Plans for Coping with FMD in New England
For Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Office of Emergency Management
   - Coordinate the development of outreach and education, on-line and video resources to improve emergency preparedness at Virginia Tech
   - Guides to emergency hazards, preparedenss, response, and recovery and Be Hokie Ready training and certification
For the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM)
   - Emergency-response plans for all environmental hazards.
   - Public information and on-line resources for the Office of Emergency Response and the Division of Agriculture
   - Emergency Response Plan (Comprehensive, for all of DEM and all environmental hazards)
   - Agricultural Emergency Response Plan (Comprehensive, for all plant, pet, and livestock hazards)
   - Protocols and Public Information for BART (Bay Assessment and Response Team)
   - Public Advice and Information on Animal Care in Disasters
   - Help for RI Cities and Towns in Preparing for Emergency Animal Care
   - Development, training, coordination, and public information for the RI Disaster Animal Response Team (RIDART)
   - Exercises of DEM emergency response capacity (Oil Spill, Hurricane, AI Epidemic, Animal Sheltering and Rescue)
For RI DEM and the RI Emergency Management Administration (RI EMA)
   - State Emergency Operations Plan for ESF #10 (Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection)
   - State Emergency Operations Plan for ESF #16) (Animal Care)
   - Exercises of State and Federal Emergency Response (Oil Spill, Epidemic, Radiation, Hurricane)
For the University of Maine
   - External evaluator for the NSF-funded IGERT project on Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change (A2C2)
For the University of Rhode Island
   - External evaluator for the NSF-funded Coastal Institute IGERT Project (CIIP) on Assessing Change in Coastal Ecosystems: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences
   - Consultant, Scientific Support of Enviornmental Emergency Response (SSEER)
For American Studies
   - International, interdisciplinary education about the United States
   - On-line Resources for Students and Teachers of American Studies
   - Consulting in Austria, China, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Five Books:
   - Hog Ties: What Pigs Tell Us about America (University of Minnesota Press, 2002);
          and as Hog Ties: Pigs, Manure, and Mortality in American Culture (Palgrave Macmillan/St. Martin's, 1998).
   - (Editor and Contributor), The American Studies Anthology (SR Books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2001).
   - (Editor and Contributor) Exporting America: Essays on American Studies Abroad (Garland Publishing, 1993).
   - The Strip: An American Place, with photographs by Karin E. Becker (University of Nebraska Press, 1985).
   - Anthropology Toward History: Culture and Work in a 19th Century Maine Town (Wesleyan University Press, 1978).

Works in Progress:
     A Leap from the Ivory Tower: Contemplating Culture and Environmental Disaster.
     "The J-Factor in American Studies," American Studies, forthcoming.

Plus dozens of book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews in American Anthropologist, American Quarterly, American Studies, Ethnohistory, Great Plains Quarterly, Annals of Iowa, Journal of American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of the Society for the Humanities and Technology, and Winterthur Portfolio as well as contributions to series published in Europe and Asia.

E-mail: richard-horwitz@uiowa.edu
WWWeb: http://myweb.uiowa.edu/rhorwitz
Resume: http://myweb.uiowa.edu/rhorwitz/vita.htm