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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
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(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. 2016. “The Coloniality of US Agricultural Policy: Articulating Agrarian (In)Justice” Journal of Peasant Studies. 43(3):1-22. 

Graddy-Lovelace, G. Forthcoming. “US-Cuba Agricultural Relations and Agrarian Questions.” Journal of Agrarian Change.

A. Orozco, A. Ward, and G. Graddy-Lovelace. Forthcoming. “Bridging the Struggles of Urban & Rural Discrimination: Cultivating Solidarity and Sustainable Agriculture through Community-Based Research.” ACME: An International E-Journal of Critical Geography, special issue on food justice. 

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

Iles, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, M. Montenegro, and R. Galt. 2016. “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, T.G. 2014. “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond” Antipode 46:2.

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         

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

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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