College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Brandon Luedtke

Graduate Student
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2015


“I am a PhD candidate studying environmental history and an IGERT C-CHANGE Fellow at the University of Kansas.  I study the impact non-petroleum oils had on American development in the 19th and 20th centuries.  While historians have scrutinized the extraction and consumption of petroleum, privileging this one type of oil snubs the remarkable array of plant and animal oils that have saturated American life.  My dissertation focuses on the American castor industry.  I study the growing of the plant, the pressing of oil from the seeds, and the use of that oil to loosen bowels, grease machinery, soften leather, and much, much more.


 
Calendar of Events
KU Today
Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times