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T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

Assistant Professor School of International Service

Professor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches global environmental and agricultural policy and politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and postcolonial studies in current research on agricultural biodiversity conservation, agrarian cooperatives, and domestic and global impacts of US farm policies. This includes community-based participatory action research with grassroots groups on Farm Bill reform as well as ongoing research on Cuba-US agricultural relations. Prof. Graddy-Lovelace also designed and led an original SIS graduate Practicum entitled "Domestic & International Impacts of US Agricultural Policy." More information about the practicum is available at She is also writing a book on agrobiodiversity conservation politics. She has a PhD in Geography from University of Kentucky, a BA from Yale and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.


University 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
Favorite Place in Washington DC
the mighty Potomac River

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SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 306
On leave in fall 2016
Contact Info
(202) 885-6269 (Office)

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See Also
Environmental, Cultural, and Political Developments in Cuba - Blog
Farmers, Fairness, and the Farm Bill

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Graddy-Lovelace, G. and A. Diamond. “From Supply Management to Agricultural Subsidies—and Back Again? US Farm Bill & Agrarian (In)Viability” (revising for Journal of Rural Studies)

Graddy-Lovelace, G. “The Coloniality of US Agricultural Policy: Articulating Agrarian (In)Justice” (Forthcoming in Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1192133)  

Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Updating the Agrarian Question: The Pressures, Paradox, and Potential of US-Cuba Agricultural Relations” (Forthcoming in Journal of Agrarian Change)

Diamond, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, and D. Nierenberg. 2016. “Do You Eat? Then You Should Care about Agricultural Policy” Baltimore Sun. Op-ed. 20 April.

Graddy-Lovelace. “Gaining Ground? Kentucky Agrarian Renewals” In Geographies of Hope: Engaging Research, Decolonizing Scholarship. Duke University Press: New Ecologies for the 21st Century Series (Invited and under review)

Iles, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, M. Montenegro, and R. Galt. Forthcoming. “Agricultural Systems: Co-Producing Knowledge and Food” In The Science and Technology Studies Handbook, eds. C. Miller and U. Felt. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  

Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Harnish, and J. Hazelwood. 2015. “World Is Burning, Sky Is Falling, All Hands on Deck: Engaging Social Science for Sustainability” In The Environment in Anthropology: A Reader in Ecology, Culture & Sustainable Living, 2nd edition, eds. N. Haenn and R. Wilk. New York University Press. 

Graddy, T.G. 2014. “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond” Antipode 46:2. [Winner of 2014 LeoGrande Award for best article or book on Latin America at AU] 

Graddy, T.G. 2013. “Regarding Biocultural Heritage: in situ Political Ecology of Agricultural Biodiversity in the Peruvian Andes” Agriculture & Human Values. 30(4): 587-604. 

Work In Progress

Book Manuscript: The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation         
  • International Affair Research Institute book-incubator in Fall 2016, American University
Article: “Beyond Impasse Politics of ‘Feeding the World’: Integrative Agricultural Research & Policy” (co-authoring with A. Iles, J. Chappell, and V. Cadieux)   Public Report: Working Group “Sustainable Food Systems," Association of Public & Land Grant University’s Kellogg Foundation Commission “The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World” (co-authoring)

Professional Presentations

2016   “Crises of scarcity—or surplus? The urgency of understanding what exactly is urgent” International Rural Studies Association annual meeting, Toronto, Canada   2016   “Bridging the Struggles of Urban & Rural Discrimination: Cultivating Solidarity--and Sustainable Agriculture” Association of Environmental Studies & Sciences annual conference, Washington DC (co-authoring with my students Amber Orosco and Alex Ward)   2016   “From supply management to agricultural subsidies—and back again? US Farm Bill & the governance of agrarian viability” Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico   2015   “International impacts of the US Farm Bill: agricultural subsidies, world trade & scalar disconnect” International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans LA   2015   “In-situ centric: reorienting & resituating agrobiodiversity conservation & epistemology” American Association of Geographers, Chicago IL   2014   Invited speaker, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Oslo, Norway    2013   “Agricultural biodiversity: policy & potential” Yale Food System Symposium, New Haven CT    2013   “(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” ISA, San Francisco CA    2013   “Regulating Big Industry to Promote Environmental Health: Food” panelist, Sustainable Development Law & Policy Symposium, AU Washington College of Law, Washington DC   2013, 2014  “Food Day: Chefs As Catalysts for Change” panelist, FoodPolicy.US, Washington DC    2013   “Learning Sustainability from Cuban Permaculture” panelist, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC    2012   Department of Geography & Environmental Systems Colloquium Series, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus

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