James McCann is Professor at Boston University who studies the history of food, ecology, and agriculture of Africa. He has served as Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University and as Director, ad interim, of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. His book Maize and Grace won the 2006 George Perkins Marsh Prize. He held residential fellowship at the DuBois Institute, Harvard University; the Program of Agrarian Studies at Yale University; and at the National Humanities Center. He has published extensively.