Wythe Marschall is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard, where he researches the intersection of biotechnology, agriculture, and urban culture. Research interests include anthropology of science, anthropology of capital, history of agricultural biotechnology, history of synthetic biology, bioart and biodesign, science fiction, and hip hop.
Wythe's dissertation focuses on urban agriculture startups that are growing food in non-traditional and explicitly non-“Big Ag” ways—such as engineering microbes to create foods with new flavors, farming fish and vegetables together on rooftops, growing algae from municipal waste, and using tissue engineering to grow meat without animals. He plans to analyze how these startups “value” the foods they produce—in terms of economic worth, physiological function, taste, and moral (environmental) cost—against existing food products.
Wythe is also the Junior Fellowship Coordinator for Harvard's Science, Religion, and Culture program.
Previously, Wythe lectured at Brooklyn College, curated art and science exhibitions and events in New York City, and worked in advertising, most recently as a copy supervisor at NeON (Draftfcb). His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and elsewhere.
You can find Wythe frequently on Twitter at @hollowearths.