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Julia Fine

Julia Fine, Postgraduate Plant Humanities Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks

Julia Fine received her A.B. from Harvard University in History & Literature. In 2019, Julia was a fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she worked on the Mellon-funded “Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures“ project. This year, she has joined the Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, where she explores the movement of plants through the lens of imperial ambitions specifically within the context of South Asia.

Humulus Lupulus No. 50 Common Hops, C. S. Rafinesque, Medical flora, 1828-1830. Rare Book Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Plant of the Month: Hops

As the craft beer industry reckons with its oppressive past, it may be time to re-examine the complicated history (and present) of hops in the United States
From Flora de Filipinas by Francisco Manuel Blanco, c.1880-1883

Plant of the Month: Black-eyed Pea

Human relationships to this global crop have been shaped by both violence and resilience.

Plant of the Month: Cassava

Cassava can grow in hot climates with little rainfall. It may be the "root crop of the century."
Artocarpus heterophyllus

Plant of the Month: Jackfruit

The newly hot alternative to meat has a long history.

Plant of the Month: The Pawpaw

The pawpaw is finding champions again after colonizers' dismissal, increasing globalization and economic needs.

Plant of the Month: Robusta Coffee

What’s there to love about “bad” coffee? For much of the world, plenty.

Plant of the Month: Turmeric

The plant’s golden color has inspired a long—and potentially deadly—fascination.