T. Garrett Graddy
School of International Service
- Prof. Graddy researches global environmental and agricultural policy and politics. A broadly trained cultural geographer and political ecologist, she is currently writing a book on agricultural biodiversity conservation methods and the epistemologies therein. The book braids: fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes and Appalachian US; international seed and agricultural policy analysis; and social and political theory, namely: postdevelopment studies, (de)colonial theory, and political economy. She has recently published two articles exploring the political and ecological implications of the regeneration of ‘traditional’ or place-based agricultural knowledges in an era of climate change (in Agriculture & Human Values and Antipode). Her research contextualizes grassroots agrarian initiatives (in Peru, Cuba, US, and Mexico) in historical legacies of land tenure, labor, and gender/race dynamics. Meanwhile, she is conducting original research on the World Bank & FAO's International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development. She is also engaged in ongoing participatory research and teaching on international effects of the US Farm Bill and on the geopolitical potential of Cuban agroecology movements.
DegreesUniversity of Kentucky, Doctorate of Philosophy, Geography; Harvard Divinity School, Master of Theological Studies; Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
Favorite Spot on Campus:Dav cafe seating outside SIS
Book Currently Reading:Coloniality at Large: Latin America & the Postcolonial Debate
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond,” Antipode. 2014.
- “Regarding Biocultural Heritage: in situ Political Ecology of Agricultural Biodiversity in the Peruvian Andes,” Agriculture & Human Values. 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-013-9428-8.
- “Seed-saving,” Encyclopedia of Food & Agricultural Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. 2014.
- "Agrarianism,” “Low Input Agriculture,” “Home Gardens,” and “Politics of Scale” in Mulvaney, D., J. Golson, P. Robbins (eds) Green Food: An A-Z Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference. 2010.
- "Invited panelist 'Learning Sustainability from Cuba' College of William & Mary Colloquium Series, August 2013, Washington DC
- Invited to present paper in session “Biodiversity & Biopolitics: calculating and conserving genes, species, populations, nations, and races,” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, April 2014, Tampa, FL.
- “(Agricultural bio)Diversity as Object of—yet antidote to—Biopower,” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, April 2013, Los Angeles, CA.
- Invited to be a panelist for “Featured Theme Panel Series: Geographies of Hope Symposium VIII,” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, April 2013, Los Angeles, CA.
- “(Agri)Business As Usual Is Not An Option: Tracing the Policy Impact of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD) Report,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, April 2013, San Francisco, CA .
- “Investigating the Investment: Policy, Epistemology & Political Economy in an Agricultural Research Boom,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, April 2013, San Francisco, CA.
- “Scales of Reference, Reckoning & Justice” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky, February 2013, Lexington, KY.
- Invited to be a colloquium speaker, Department of Geography & Environmental Systems, November 2012, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
- “The Value of (agricultural bio)Diversity: A Critical Dialogue” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, February 2012, New York, NY
- “Rhythm, Memory, Narrative: Spatial Epistemologies of Seed-saving” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, April 2011, Seattle, WA.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- International Travel Award, American University, 2013
- Selected for the Bridging the Gap Project’s 2013 International Policy Summer Institute
- School of International Service Conference Travel Award, American University, 2012
- Provost Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky, 2010
- American Association of Geography - Latin America Specialty Group Field Study Award, 2008
- Dissertation Enhancement Award, Graduate School, University of Kentucky, 2007
- James S. Brown Graduate Research in Appalachia Award, University of Kentucky, 2007
- Multi-Year Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Kentucky, 2004-7
- Daniel Reedy Quality Achievement Award, Graduate School, University of Kentucky, 2004-7
Work In Progress
- Seeds to Free the Bounty: Agricultural Biodiversity Policy & Potential (Book manuscript, in preparation)
- “Politics of Epistemology & Expertise: Assessing the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD) Five Years Later” (article, in preparation)
- "21st Century Agrarian Questions: The Role of Cuba in US Agri-food Studies" (article, in preparation)
- “Political Ecology as Praxis” (Book chapter, invited, co-authoring, for The Environment in Anthropology: A Reader in Ecology, Culture & Sustainable Living, 2nd edition, NYU Press).