Skip to main content
Expand AU Menu

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

Download CV (PDF)

SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 306
Fall 2017: Mondays Noon-2pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon.
Contact Info
(202) 885-6269 (Office)

Send email to T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.
See Also
Environmental, Cultural, and Political Developments in Cuba - Blog
Farmers, Fairness, and the Farm Bill


  • Spring 2017

    • SISU-350 Topics in Env Sustain/Glb Hlth: Pol Ecol of Food & Agriculture
    • Description
    • SISU-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Pol Ecol of Food & Agriculture
    • Description
  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-620 Stds in Global Envirn Politics: Pol Ecol of Food & Agriculture
    • Description
    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Beyond Urban Vs Rural
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

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

Book Manuscript: The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity 

Graddy-Lovelace, G., N. Ichikawa, A. Diamond (editors) “US Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics & Potential” Special Issue (Under review)

Graddy-Lovelace, G. “U.S. Farm Policy As Faux 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” (Abstract accepted)


Professional Presentations

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

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

2017 Community-Led Action-Research on the US Farm Bill. As Political Ecology” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky

2017 Ex situ-centric: the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture and the problem of global conservation governance,” American Association of Geographers conference, Boston

2017 Critical Geographies of Agri-food Policy: Igniting Political Potential” (scholarly session and corresponding panel with local growers and movement leaders), AAG, Boston

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

2016 Bridging the Struggles of Urban & Rural Discrimination: Cultivating Solidarity--and Sustainable Agriculture” Association of Environmental Studies & Sciences annual conference, Washington DC

2014-2017 “Political Ecologies of the Agrarian Question” (scholarly sessions) and “Kentucky Agrarian Questions: Learning from the Persistence & Diversity of Small-Scale Growers” (corresponding panels with local growers and movement leaders), Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, Lexington KY

2016 Bridging the Struggles of Urban & Rural Discrimination: Cultivating Solidarity--and Sustainable Agriculture” Association of Environmental Studies & Sciences annual conference, Washington DC

2015 International impacts of the US Farm Bill: agricultural subsidies, world trade & scalar disconnect” International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans LA

2015 Agrobiodiversity & Food Security/Sovereignty: Roundtable on concepts, methods, and measurement” panelist, AAG, Chicago IL