Megan   Birk

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABS 347C
Email: megan.birk@utrgv.edu

Megan Birk

Graduate Coordinator





Selected Publications


  • Megan Birk. Down on Mahans Creek: a history of an Ozarks neighborhoo. Choice , July 2017, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2017.

  • Megan Birk. Dining Out in Boston; Restaurant Republic . MIT Press, Cambridge Massachusetts : New England Quarterly, XC, no. 2 June 2017: 285-292.

  • Megan Birk. The British Gentry, The Southern Planter, and the Northern Farmer: Agriculture and sectional antagonism in North America. Canadian Journal of History , 51, no. 3 December 2016: 623-24.

  • Megan Birk. Food, Control, and Resistance . Choice , December 2016.

  • Megan Birk. Farmers Helping Farmers. Choice , no. Fall 2016 2016.

  • Megan Birk. Blood Oranges: Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands. Oxford University : Western Historical Quarterly , August 2016.

  • Megan Birk. The Crops Look Good: News from a Midwestern Family Farm. Agricultural History, 90, no. 2 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016: 268.

  • Megan Birk. Fostering on the Farm. University of Illinois Press , 2015.

  • Megan Birk. Fostering on the Farm: Placing out Children in the Midwest. University of Illinois , June 2015: 320.

  • Megan Birk. Turner, Katherine Leonard. How the other half ate: a history of working-class meals at the turn of the century. California, 2014. 201p bibl index afp (California studies in food and culture. Choice, Aug. 14, August 2014.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Megan Birk. Faculty Research Grant , UTRGV, $3,400.00 (March 2016 - July 2016)

  • Kristine Wirts. Faculty Development Grant, The University of Texas -- Pan American, $3,000.00 (May 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014)

  • Megan Birk. UTPA faculty research council grant , UTPA, $2,000.00 ( 2009)

  • Megan Birk. Purdue University Research Fellowship, Purdue University, ( 2007)

  • Megan Birk. Purdue University Graduate College Interdisciplinary Travel Grant, Purdue University, ( 2007)

  • Megan Birk. Research Grant, State Historical Society of Iowa, ( 2003)



Selected Presentations


  • Megan Birk. "Growing Up in the Country ," Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting , Agricultural History Society, Grand Rapids Michigan (June 2017)

  • Megan Birk. "Midwestern History Association ," Midwestern History Association Conference , Midwestern History Association, Grand Rapids Michigan (June 2017)

  • Megan Birk. " An historical foundation for urban gardening and reclamation of deserted lots: remembering the Pingree Plan," Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting , Agricultural History Society, New York, New York (June 2016)

  • Megan Birk. "“Home” Children: Exploring Relationships in Institutions for Children," SHCY, Vancouver BC (June 2015)

  • Megan Birk. "African American Children and Placing Out: Examining Race in Home Finding," Society for the History of Childhood and Youth biennial meeting , Vancouver BC (June 2015)

  • Megan Birk. "Not Enough to Meet the Demand: The Significance of Placed out Girls on American Farms ," Rural Women's Studies Association Tri-ennial meeting , San Marcos Tx (February 2015)

  • Megan Birk. "Service Learning in the RGV: food history and service ," Agricultural History, Agricultural History Society, Provo Utah (June 2014)

  • Megan Birk. "Making the Poor Farm Work ," Agricultural History, Agricultural History Society, Banff, Alberta, Canada (June 2013)

  • Megan Birk. "Lyman Alden and the voice of placed out children ," American Historical Association Meeting , Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, New Orleans, LA (January 2012)

  • Megan Birk. "Teaching Food History as Agricultural History," Agricultural History Society Conference, Springfield, IL (June 2011)

Current Courses

HIST 4333 01 - Food History:
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HIST 1301 22 - U.S. History I:
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UNIV 6100 1 - Comp Exam Ext:
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