Rebecca Earle teaches history at the University of Warwick, where she also completed her doctorate. Her research has concentrated primarily the relationship between everyday life and broader categories of identity such as those associated with race or nation. For some years she has worked particularly on the relationship between everyday eating practices and the evolution of, first, racial categories, and, more recently, notions of governance and the idea of the free market. Her last monograph, The Body of the Conquistador, won the Conference on Latin American History’s Bolton-Johnson Prize for the best publication in English on Latin American history. Her most recent publication is Potato, which was published in Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series in March 2019.