Rick Halpern is a social historian whose work has focused on race and labour in a number of national and international contexts. He has written about meat and meatpacking, sugar and plantations, and regionalism. Currently he is at work on two major projects: a book on race and class in 20th century photography, and a study of immigrant foodways in interactions in early 20th century Toronto. He is the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies and, until July 2015, was the Dean at UTSC. Prior to that he was the Principal of New College on the St George campus. Professor Halpern works with graduate students in a number of fields.