Dr. Steven Silvern is an Associate Professor of Geography at Salem State University where his teaching. His research interests focus on indigenous peoples, environmental sustainability, and sustainable food systems in the United States and the Middle East. He has studied and written about the complex political and cultural geographies of Native American sovereignty and hunting and fishing treaty rights. His most recent research has centered on the development of local and regional food systems in Northeastern North America. Dr. Silvern’s research has appeared in journals such as Political Geography, Historical Geography, American Indian Culture and Research Journal and recently in Food: An Atlas (2013). Dr. Silvern is the editor of The Northeastern Geographer: Journal of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (a regional division of the Association of American Geographers), an annual peer-reviewed publication. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.A. in geography from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a B.A. in biology from Clark University.