Tessa Desmond, PhD

Tessa Desmond, PhD

Princeton University, Firefly Homestead

Tessa Lowinske Desmond is a farmer and a scholar. She is currently a Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar in American Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on food politics, agrarian thought, racial justice and multiethnic literature. She also owns and operates Firefly Homestead Farm. Desmond earned her PhD in Literary Studies and Master’s degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently teaches three food related courses including The EMR of Food: How Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights are Parts of the Food We Eat, Consuming America: Food, Fiction, and Fact, and American Agrarians: Land, Labor, and Food. Her current research focuses on the history of farming in twentieth century America and seed-saving practices. At Firefly Homestead Farm, Desmond raises chickens for meat and eggs, bees, and heritage breed cattle, as well as a donkey and goats.