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T. Garrett Graddy

Assistant Professor
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.
  • Degrees

    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

    Book Currently Reading:

    Coloniality at Large: Latin America & the Postcolonial Debate
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Teaching

  • Spring 2014

    • SISU-219 Topics in Int'l Studies: U.S.: Labor & Food Justice
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • “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.
 

Professional Presentations

  • "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). 

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