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Saskia Cornes

Dr. Saskia Cornes is an assistant professor of the practice at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and Program Director of the Duke Campus Farm.

A Renaissance literature scholar by training, she holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she focused on the emergence of private property as a guiding logic in the culture and agriculture of 17th century England. A farmer by vocation, she learned sustainable agriculture through a range of apprenticeships on urban and rural farms, and through post-graduate study in organic agriculture at the Center for Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz. In her work now, she weaves teaching, farming, and more traditional forms of research together to rethink our relationship to food, and to the land and people that grow it.


Bio created October 2023