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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. She is also writing a book on agrobiodiversity conservation politics.


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
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Spring 2018: Tuesdays & Fridays Noon-2pm
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


  • Fall 2017

    • 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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  • 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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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity (under review)

Guest Editor, Journal Themed Issue

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

Peer-reviewed Articles

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

Graddy-Lovelace, G. 2017. “Latent Alliances: The Women’s March and Agrarian Feminism As Opportunities of and for Political Ecology” Gender, Place & Culture. 24 (5): 674-695.

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

Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Orozco, A. Ward. Forthcoming. “Bridging the Struggles of Urban & Rural Discrimination: Cultivating Solidarity and Sustainable Agriculture through Community-Based Research.” ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geography. (Co-authored with my graduate students)

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

Graddy-Lovelace, G. 2016. “United States-Cuba Agricultural Relations and Agrarian Questions.” Journal of Agrarian Change. DOI: 10.1111/joac.12190

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

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, 4th edition. eds. U. Felt, C. Miller. 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

Graddy-Lovelace, G. and Glenda Estrada Manzano. “Cultivating Dialogue: A History, Geography & Policy Analysis of US & Cuban Agrarian Cooperatives’ Collaboration” (Invited for special issue proposal “Critical Food Studies Interventions”; presenting at CIPI in Havana in December 2017) 


Graddy-Lovelace, G. “U.S. Farm Policy As Fraught Populism: Finding the Spatial Contradictions of Hyper-Nationalist Governance in Agriculture” Annals of American Association of Geographers. Special Issue: “Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era” (Abstract accepted; invited to submit full paper)

Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Tending & Attending to Plants: Crop Diversity Pre-Breeding Technologies As Care Co-opted?” Area. Special Issue: “Limits & Topologies of Care” (Revise & Resbmit)


Professional Presentations

2018    Invited keynote, “Beyond the Grassroots: Participatory Ecology and Political Praxis,” Haverford College, Pennsylvania [April]

2018     Invited presenter, Emancipatory Rural Politics Institute, conference, The Hague, Netherlands [March]

2018 Invited speaker, “Cuban Studies Scholarship: Alternative Economies & Ecologies,” KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan, Brussels [March] 

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 [March]

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 [December]

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

2017 US Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics & Potential - Symposium at American University (organized)

2017 “The Broader Impacts of Our Research: Supporting Women in Geography,” Invited panelist, American Association of Geographers, Boston