Courtney Fullilove is an Associate Professor of History and affiliated faculty in the Science in Society Program and the College of the Environment at Wesleyan University, where she teaches nineteenth-century U.S. social history, environmental history, and the history of science and technology in global perspective. She researches the history of practices now gathered under the rubric of world development: sustainability, biodiversity, intellectual property law, traditional knowledge, and cultural heritage. She is author of The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and is currently working on a book about biodiversity preservation.
Since 2010 Fullilove has accompanied international teams of genetic resource specialists on biodiversity collection missions targeting traditional varieties and wild relatives of cereal crops in the Caucasus and Central Asia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.