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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. Her forthcoming book, The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity, is with MIT Press.


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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Fall 2018: Mondays & Thursdays 3-5pm
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See Also
Environmental, Cultural, and Political Developments in Cuba - Blog
Farmers, Fairness, and the Farm Bill

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Antiracist Research & Policy Center

    Environment Team - co-chair


  • Spring 2018

    • SISU-350 Topics in Env Sustain/Glb Hlth: Int'l Food & Agricultural Pol
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    • SISU-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Int'l Food & Agricultural Pol
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  • Fall 2018

    • SIS-620 Stds in Global Envirn Politics: Pol Ecol of Food & Agriculture
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    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Beyond Urban vs Rural
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

Forthcoming    The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity (M.I.T. Press)

Guest Editor, Journal Themed Issue

Forthcoming    Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Diamond and N. Ichikawa (eds). “The United States Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential” Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems 

Peer-reviewed Articles

Forthcoming   Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Diamond and N. Ichikawa. “Contextualizing the Farm Bill: Questions of Agricultural Governance.” Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems (formerly American Journal of Alternative Agriculture)


Forthcoming   Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Attending to Plants: Crop Diversity Pre-Breeding Technologies as Agrarian Care Co-opted?” Area. Special issue: “Limits & Topologies of Care”


Forthcoming   Orozco, A*., A. Ward*, and G. Graddy-Lovelace. “Documenting USDA Discrimination: Community-Based Research on Farm Policy for Land Justice” ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geography


2018    Graddy-Lovelace, G. “United States-Cuba Agricultural Relations & Agrarian Questions.” Journal of Agrarian Change. 18(1): 43-66. [published online in 2016]


2017    Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Latent Alliances: The Women’s March & Agrarian Feminism as Opportunities of & for Political Ecology” Gender, Place & Culture. Special issue: “Emergent Spaces in the Women’s March: Intersectionality & Inclusion” 24(5): 674-695.


2017    Graddy-Lovelace, G. and A. Diamond. “From Supply Management to Agricultural Subsidies— and Back Again? US Farm Bill & Agrarian (In)Viability” Journal of Rural Studies. 50: 70-83.


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

-Selected for Journal of Peasant Studies’ 2017 compilation “Rural Topical Issues: Critical Perspectives on Rural Politics & Development”


2014    Graddy, T.G. “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond” Antipode. 46:2.


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


Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters, Reference Chapters, and Conference Proceedings Article

2018    Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Farmer & Non-Farmer Responsibility to Each Other: Notes on the

Tensions of U.S. Agricultural Self-Governance” Conference Paper #17. Emancipatory Rural  Politics Initiative Proceedings. Institute for Social Sciences: The Hague, Netherlands.


2016    Iles, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, M. Montenegro*, and R. Galt. “Agricultural Systems: Co-Producing Knowledge and Food” In The Science and Technology Studies Handbook, 4th edition, eds. U. Felt, C. Miller. M.I.T. Press.


2016    Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Harnish, and J. Hazelwood. “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, R. Wilk, A. Harnish. New York University Press.


Invited Book Review Essays

2018   Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Making Room in Geography for Food Sovereignty” Book Review of A. Trauger’s 2017 We Want Land to Live: Making Political Space for Food SovereigntyAntipode.

2017    Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Beyond Biodiversity Conservation: Why policy needs social theory, social theory needs justice, and justice needs policy” (Invited review essay of J. Lorimer’s Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature, R. Youatt’s Counting Species: Biodiversity in Global Environmental Politics, and K. Fuentes-George’s Between Preservation and Exploitation: Transnational Advocacy Networks and Conservation in Developing Countries) Global Environmental Politics. 70(2): 144-151.

Work In Progress

Under Review Peer-reviewed Articles: 

“U.S. Farm Policy as Fraught Populism: Agricultural Contradictions of Hyper-Nationalism” Annals of American Association of Geographers. Special issue: “Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era” (Abstract accepted; full paper invited)

“Agricultural Relations as Beyond Heads-of-State Geopolitics: The Case of US-Cuba” Political Geography (Revising and resubmittin

“New Opportunities, New Challenges: Harnessing Cuba’s Advances in Sustainable Agriculture under Normalizing Relations” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Forum: “Cuba’s Agri-Food Systems” (Co-authoring with Fernandez, M., J. Williams, G. Figueroa, M. Machado, R. Caballero, H. Rortvedt)

“Gaining Ground? Place-Based Kentucky Agrarian Renewals” (Invited for “Geographies of Hope: Engaging Research, Decolonizing Scholarship” special issue under review at Environment & Planning E: Nature & Space)


Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Scales of Reckoning: Learning from African Diaspora Spiritual Influence on Agrarian Justice Movements” Antipode. Special Forum Intervention: “Streams into Rivers of Justice: Radical Geographies of Ecology & Spirit”


C. Fagundes*, G. Graddy-Lovelace, W. Tillman, J. Mleczko*, S. Schwier*, F. Hall*, T. Wilson*, and L. Picciano. “Ecological Costs of Discrimination: Red Cedar, Racial Justice & Conservation Policy in Oklahoma” Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems. Special Issue: “U.S. Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential”


G. Graddy-Lovelace and G. Estrada Manzano. “Cultivating Alliance: A Geography & History of U.S. & Cuban Agrarian Cooperatives’ Collaboration” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Forum: “Cuba’s Agri-Food Systems”

Grants and Sponsored Research

2018    Co-Principal Investigator for “Diverse Pathways to Nourishment: Understanding How Agricultural Biodiversity Enhances Food Security & Nutrition” National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Pursuit, National Science Foundation


2017    School of International Dean’s Summer Research Award: “Cultivating Dialogue:

A History, Geography & Policy Analysis of US-Cuban Agrarian Cooperatives’ Collaboration”

Professional Presentations

2018    Invited speaker, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), Montpellier, France


2018    Invited instructor, Intensive PhD Summer Workshop, “Political Ecology between Power, Political Economy & Post-Truth,” Wageningen University & Research


2018    Invited panelist, XII Encuentros de Agroecología, Agricultura Orgánica y Sostenible, The Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians (ACTAF), Havana, Cuba


2018    Invited speaker, Critical Food Studies Interventions” Symposium, University of Delaware


2018    Invited keynote, “Beyond the Grassroots: Participatory Ecology and Political Praxis,” Annual Mellon Symposium of the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, Pennsylvania


2018    Invited panelist, “Decolonizing Feminist Political Ecology: from Communities of Practice to Communities of Praxis,” American Association of Geographers, New Orleans LA


2018    Invited panelist, “Rethinking Food Access Research,” AAG, New Orleans LA


2018    Invited presenter, Emancipatory Rural Politics Institute conference, International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands


2018    Invited speaker, “Cuban Studies Scholarship: Alternative Economies & Ecologies,” KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan, Belgium


2018    Invited speaker, “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters: The Role of Spirituality in African American Environmental Activism in the U.S. South,” Antipode Foundation International Workshop, University of Louisville, Kentucky


2018   Invited panelist, Public Political Ecology, Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, UK


2017   Invited speaker, “Trends and Perspectives of Cuba-US Relations during the First Year of the Trump Administration,” Center for Research for International Politics and the Raul Roa Garcia Higher Institute of International Relations. Havana, Cuba


2017   Invited panelist, “Food for Soul & Bread Is Gold,” with Massimo Batturo, American University


2017 “The Broader Impacts of Our Research: Supporting Women in Geography’s 5th Annual Panel,” Invited panelist, AAG, Boston


2017   “Research and Educational Travel to Cuba,” Invited panelist, AAG, Boston


2016   Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Annual Planning Conference, “Food Fight: From Global to Local,” Plenary Speaker, Maryland