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Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Provost Assoc Professor SIS - Env Dev Health

Additional Positions at AU
Co-Founding Associate Director, Center for Environment, Community & Equity
Faculty Advisor, Antiracist Research & Policy Center
Co-Founding Lead, Ethnographies of Empire Research Cluster
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
AU Community Garden
Favorite Place in Washington DC
the mighty Potomac River
Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches agricultural policy and agrarian politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and decolonial studies to research agricultural biodiversity conservation, agrarian cooperatives, land use decisions, and domestic and global impacts of US farm policies. This includes community-based research-action with grassroots groups on the Farm Bill (see project). Her forthcoming book, The Power of Seeds & Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity, is with M.I.T. Press. She is co-PI for a SESYNC-NSF Pursuit, entitled "Diverse Pathways to Nourishment: Understanding How Agricultural Biodiversity Enhances Food Security, Sovereignty and Nutrition" and co-chair of Policy Cluster for AU's NSF RECIPES grant on Wasted Food. She was awarded the inaugural Provost Associate Professor title, the 2022 School of International Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, and the SIS Excellence in PhD Mentoring Award. Graddy-Lovelace co-founded and co-leads School of International Service's Ethnographies of Empire Research Cluster, and the nation-wide Agroecology Research-Action Collective. She is a Faculty Advisor for AU's Antiracist Research & Policy Center and co-founding Associate Director for AU's Center for Environment, Community & Equity.


Spring 2023

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

  • SIS-793 Practicum in Int'l Affairs: Agricultr Pol/Agrarian Justice

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation

  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Community-Partnered Res Meth

  • SISU-494 Comm Service Learning Project: Community-Partnered Res Meth

Fall 2023

  • SIS-620 Stds in Global Envirn Politics: Pol Ecol of Food & Agriculture

  • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Rural Urban Connections

  • SISU-194 Comm Service Learning Project: Rural Urban Connections

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Book Manuscripts

Forthcoming               The Power of Seeds & Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity (M.I.T. Press’s Food, Health & Environment Series)

Under Review             Hemp & Farm Justice  (co-authored with seven movement leaders and four Practicum graduate students as ‘The Cáñamo Collective’; for MandelVilar Press’ new Agrarian Justice Booklet Series)            

Peer-reviewed Articles & Peer-reviewed Book Chapters (*=grad student)

Accepted  Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Towards Abolitionist Agrarian Geographies of Kentucky” Environment & Planning E: Nature & Space. Special Issue: “Geographies of Hope in Praxis: Collaboratively Decolonizing Relations and Cultivating Relational Spaces”

2023     Limeberry, V.* and G. Graddy-Lovelace “Data & the Seed: Democratizing Research for         Emancipatory Policy & Agrobiodiversity Governance” Droit et Cultures: Revue international interdisciplinaire. Special Issue: “Collaboration in Crop Diversity Management” (Invited) {OA}

2023     Graddy-Lovelace, G., Krikorian, J.*, A. Jewett*, A. Vivekanandan*, K. Stahl*, B. Wilson, I. Shekhar Singh, G. Naylor, P. Naylor, J. Pennick. “Parity as Radical Pragmatism: Centering Farm Justice & Agrarian Expertise in Agricultural Policy” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. Special Issue: “Critical Praxis and Social Imaginary for Sustainable Food Systems”

2023     Walsh, E., S. Muñoz, J. Auerbach, G. Graddy-Lovelace, V. Limeberry*, et al. “Displacement of  the Scholar II: Reimagining Institutional Support for PAR Post-Covid” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems {OA}

2022   Graddy-Lovelace, G. “From Obstruction to Decolonization? Contested Sovereignty, the Seed Treaty & Biocultural Rights in the United States & Beyond” For Biocultural Rights and Community Protocols: Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Ways of Life. Eds. F. Girard, I. Hall, G. Filoche, C. Frisson.

2022     Auerbach, J., S. Muñoz, G. Graddy-Lovelace, V. Limeberry* et al. “Displacement of the Scholar? Participatory Action Research under COVID-19 and a Re-imagining of University Support” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

2021    Graddy-Lovelace, G. and Patti Naylor. “Disparity to Parity to Solidarity: Balancing the Scales of Agricultural Policy for Justice & Viability” for Development. Special Issue “Resetting Power in Global Food Governance: The United Nations Food Systems Summit”

2021   Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Seeking (Food) Sovereignty Beyond the State? Limits of Liberalism & Neoliberalism in International Anti-Hunger Advocacy” A Review of M. Jurkovich’s Feeding the Hungry: Advocacy and Blame in the Global Fight Against Hunger. In H-Diplo (H-Net network for Diplomatic History, International Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Peacekeeping Studies, Nuclear History and Policy Studies, and Transnational Studies)

2021   Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Leveraging Law & Life: Criminalization of Agrarian Movements & the Escazú Agreement” For Our Hyper-Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance. Routledge Press. Eds. J. Shapiro and J.A. McNeish 

2021     Montenegro, M., A. Iles, A. Shattuck, G. Graddy-Lovelace, J. Chappell, A. Roman-Alcalá.  “Getting our House in Order: Principles for accountable food systems research from the Agroecology Research-Action Collective” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems & Community Development

2020     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Re-Orienting Policy for Growing Food to Nourish Communities”\ Agriculture & Human Values. Special collection: “Agriculture, Food & Covid-19” 29 April. 37(3): 623-625 

2020     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Farmer & Non-Farmer Responsibility to Each Other: Negotiating the  Social Contracts & Public Good of Agriculture” Journal of Rural Studies 

2020     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Attending to Plants: Crop Diversity Pre-Breeding Technologies as Agrarian Care Co-opted?” Area. Special issue: “Limits & Topologies of Care” 52(2): 235-243 DOI:10.1111/area.12499 [published online in 2018]

2020     M. Edelman, G. Graddy-Lovelace, and A. Roman-Alcalá. “Emancipatory Politics & Authoritarianism in Rural United States” Journal of Rural Studies. Special Issue Introduction: “Emancipatory Politics & Authoritarian Populism in Rural United States”

2020     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). Special Issue Introduction: “U.S. Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential”

2020     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Garden Griot & Freedom Farming” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems & Community Development. Special Issue Introduction: “Reflections on Monica White’s Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance & the Black Freedom Movement” 

2019     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “U.S. Farm Policy as Fraught Populism: Tracing the Scalar Tensions of Nationalist Agricultural Governance” Annals of American Association of Geographers. Special issue: “Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era” 109(2): 1-17. 

- Republished in (2019) Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era, ed. J. McCarthy. Routledge Press. ISBN: 978-0-367-34653-9

2019     Fagundes*, C., J. Mleczko*, L. Picciano, W. Tillman, G. Graddy-Lovelace, S. Schwier*, F. Hall*, and T. Watson* “Ecological Costs of Discrimination: Red Cedar, Racism & Resilience in Farm Bill Conservation Policy in Oklahoma” Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems. Special Issue: “U.S. Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential” 1-15. 

2019     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Scales of Reference and Reckoning” Antipode. Special Forum Intervention: “Streams into Rivers of Justice: Radical Geographies of Ecology & Spirit” {OA}

2018     Fernández, M., J. Williams, G. Figueroa*, G. Graddy-Lovelace, M. Machado, L. Vásquez, N. Pérez, L. Casimiro, G. Romero, and F. Funes Aguilar. “New Opportunities, New Challenges: Harnessing Cuba’s Advances in Sustainable Agriculture under Normalizing Relations” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Forum: “Cuba’s Agri-Food System in Transition” 6:76. [With Spanish translation, in same special issue] {OA}                        

2018     Orozco, A*., A. Ward*, and G. Graddy-Lovelace. “Documenting USDA Discrimination: Community-Based Research on Farm Policy & Land Justice” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 17(4): 999-1023 {OA}                     

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

2017     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “The Coloniality of US Agricultural Policy: Articulating Agrarian (In)Justice” Journal of Peasant Studies. 44:1, 78-99 [published online in 2016]

- Selected for Kelly, R., et al (2020). An annotated bibliography on structural racism present in the U.S. food system (8th ed.). Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

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

2016     Iles, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, M. Montenegro, and R. Galt. “Agricultural Systems: Co-Producing Knowledge and Food” In The Science and Technology Studies Handbook4th edition, eds. U. Felt, C. Miller. M.I.T. Press. Pp 943-972.

2016     Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Harnish, and J. Hazelwood. “World Is Burning, Sky Is Falling, All Hands on Deck: Reflections on Action-Oriented Socio-Environmental Scholarship” 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. Pp 445-481.

2014     Graddy, T.G. “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond” Antipode. 46(2): 426-454.

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.

Guest Editor, Journal Themed Issues 

2023-      Editorial Collective (V. Limeberry*, M. Montenegro, D. Luna-Gonzalez, M. Cely-Santos, A. Keleman, G. Graddy-Lovelace, K. Zimmerer,) “Agrobiodiversity Nourishes Us/La Agrobiodiversidad Nos Nutre: Research-Action for Agroecological Transformations” Bilingual special feature for Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene.

2020  Roman-Alcalá, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, and M. Edelman (editors) “Emancipatory Politics & Authoritarian Populism in Rural United States” Journal of Rural Studies

2020   G. Graddy-Lovelace (editor) “Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance & the Black Freedom Movement – Collected Commentaries” Journal of Food, Community Agriculture & Sustainable Development {OA}

2020  Graddy-Lovelace, G., A. Diamond and N. Ichikawa (editors) “The United States  Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential” Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems (formerly American Journal of Alternative Agriculture) {OA}


Work In Progress

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

2022                 Excellent in PhD Mentoring Award, AU School of International Service

2022                 Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, AU School of International Service’s

2022                 Awarded American University’s campus-wide Inaugural Provost Associate Award

2022                 School of International Service’s Nominee for AU-wide ‘Excellence in Teaching – Tenure Track’ Award

2020     William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of International Service, AU

2018     Winner of the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Alan G. Penczek Service-Learning Faculty Award in the private institution category

2018     Practicum Featured as First Model Program for Environmental Engagement, Building Just Communities, Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic 2018 Report

2014     William M. LeoGrande Award for best article or book in Latin American or Latino Studies at American University (for Antipode article)

2010     Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky

2009     College of Arts & Sciences Certificate of Outstanding Teaching, University of Kentucky

2008     Latin America Specialty Group Field Study Award, Association of American Geographers

2007     Dissertation Enhancement Award, Graduate School, University of Kentucky

2007     James S. Brown Graduate Research in Appalachia Award, University of Kentucky

2004-7  Multi-Year Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Kentucky

2004-7  Daniel Reedy Quality Achievement Award, Graduate School, University of Kentucky

2002-2004        Harvard Divinity School Merit Scholarship (covering full tuition)


Professional Presentations

Invited Presentations of Research & Workshops (since 2020)

2023     “Building a Roadmap for Agroecology at the US Department of Agriculture,” National Institute for Food & Agriculture, USDA, Kansas City, MO

2023     International Workshop, “Respecting Seeds: An Exploration into Saving Ethics and the Politics of Care in Gardens, Farms and Banks,” University of Cambridge, Great Britain - European Research Council’s SeedsValue project, with Key Botanical Gardens

2023     “Farm Bill Strategies” Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance Spring Convening, Berea, Kentucky

2023     “Farm Bill 101” Montgomery County Food Policy Council, Maryland

2023     Panelist, “Importance of the Farm Bill: A Conversation with Professor Graddy-Lovelace” Program on Environmental & Energy Law, AU Washington College of Law

2023     Co-keynote “Geopolitical Ecology & Agroecology” for Global Environmental Politics Alumni Network’s symposium (with Malini Ranganathan)

2023     Inaugural co-presenter, “Geopolitical Ecology & Agroecology” for UTFORSK NMBU-AU GEP Colloquium Series (with Malini Ranganathan)

2023     “Geopolitical Ecologies” Workshop – Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås, Norway)

2022     “Experiential Learning at American University: From the Lens of the Professor” at the inaugural, annual conference ‘AU & Beyond: Where Education Meets Experience’

2022     Presenter, “Power of Seeds & Agricultural Biodiversity Policy” for National Organic Farmers Association-New Jersey annual conference, alongside Winona LaDuke, Raj Patel, Karen Washington, Senator Cory Booker and others

2022     Panelist, “Agrobiodiversity & Agrarian Viability: Groundwork for Climate Justice & Survival” for Organic Seed Growers Conference

2021     Featured discussant, 2021 Al-Moumin Award for Environmental Peacebuilding Award Honoring Patricia Gualinga

2021     panelist: ”Advancing opportunities for US-Cuba engagement on agroecology and climate resilience” for Trends and Perspectives of Cuba-US Relations, Center for Research for International Politics and Raul Roa Garcia Higher Institute of International Relations, Havana, Cuba

2021     co-lead, “Disparity to Parity to Solidarity: Indian Farmers Uprising & US Agrarian Movements in Dialogue,” Civil Society Mechanism’s global multimedia boycott mobilization against the United Nations Food System Summit

2021     Invited instructor, Intensive Political Ecology PhD Summer Course, “Liberalism, Land & Liberation: Learning from Black, Indigenous & Anticolonial Feminist Agrarian Analyses,” at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

2021     Presenter on USDA & Racism, for inaugural Ky Cooperative Extension Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Course, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

2021     panelist, “Assessing the United Nations' HLPE Report #15: ‘Food Security and  Nutrition: Building a Global Narrative Towards 2030’” AAG (Virtual)

2020     Selected as Museum Computer Network annual conference’s Ignite Talk keynote co-speaker (with V. Poundstone)

2020     International Four-Day Workshop on Biocultural Rights and Biocultural Community Protocols, University of Alpes, Grenoble, France (funded by French National Research Agency) (virtual to covid19)

2020   colloquium speaker, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative, University of Vermont

2020   co-keynote, West Virginia Food for All Summit 

2020   panelist, “Global Resources: Scarcity, Sustainability and Security,” Global Insights Speaker, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo

2020   speaker, Pennsylvania State University, Geography Department, Coffee Hour Colloquium Series

2020   speaker, Green New Deal & Food Panel, Museum of Food and Drink, with Raj Patel

2020   presenter, International Workshop on Biocultural Rights and Biocultural Community Protocols, University of Alpes, Grenoble, France 

2020   colloquium speaker and farm policy workshop leader – Community & Leadership Development, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky 

2020   panelist, “Scholar-Activist Praxis in the Political Ecologies of Appalachia” Dimensions of Political Ecology, Kentucky

2020   panelist, “Teaching the Geographies of Food and Agriculture” AAG, Denver

Grants and Sponsored Research

2023   Led fundraising campaign for Pointing the Farm Bill toward Racial Justice Summit:

  • Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation (PACT) ($50,000)
  • American University Provost’s Office ($40,000)
  • AU SIS Dean’s Office ($20,000)
  • Regenerative Agriculture Fund ($15,000)
  • Carbon180 ($15,000)
  • Johns Hopkins University Center for Livable Future ($5,000)
  • UC Berkeley Food Institute ($15,000)
  • AU Vice Provost of Research Office ($1,500)
  • Natural Resource & Defense Council
  • National Wildlife Fund ($500)

2023-2026        Scholar-Participant, UTFORSK Grant, Noragric/NMBU (Norway) & AU SIS-Global Environmental Politics Partnership in Education and Research on Geopolitical Ecology ($356,982) (UTF-2021/10105)

2022   AU SIS Faculty Exceptional Research Award, to conduct research at UNFCCC COP27 global climate talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt ($2,400)

2021-2023    Principal Investigator, “Contemplative Environmental Mentoring Communities” Think Tank Grant, Mind & Life Institute

2021-2025        Senior Personnel and Policy Cluster Co-Chair, “SRS RN: Multiscale RECIPES (Resilient, Equitable, and Circular Innovations with Partnership and Education Synergies) for Sustainable Food Systems” National Science Foundation ($15,000,000)

2018-2021     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 (NSF) DBI-1639145 ($92,000)

2020     Funding granted by GRACE Communications Foundation, for “Disparity to Parity: Updating Fair Prices & Supply Management for Farm Justice, Racial Equity & Climate Resilience” project, website, and policy report editing, design, and publication (

2019       Faculty Research Support Grant, American University, Vice Provost’s Office for “Mapping (Agrobio)Diverse Pathways to Nourishment: Focus Groups for Shared Analysis of Data Synthesis Regarding Agricultural Biodiversity for Food Security & Nutrition” ($10,000)

2018      Awarded Institute for Human Geography Small Research Fund for “Radical food geographies: Connecting knowledges, cultivating practices, (re)imagining governance” pre-AAG meeting ($5,000)

2017     School of International Service Dean’s Summer Research Award: “Cultivating Dialogue:A History, Geography & Policy Analysis of U.S.-Cuban Agrarian Cooperatives’ Collaboration” ($4,700)

2017     Berkeley Food Institute, University of California-Berkeley. Co-sponsored “US Farm Bill 2018: Politics, Policy & Potential” Symposium at AU SIS ($21,000)

2016     Christopher Reynolds Foundation Grant (through Center for Latin American & Latino Studies) to organize workshop and panel: “Cultivating Dialogue: A Comparative, Participatory Analysis of U.S. & Cuban Agricultural Cooperative Policies” ($4,000)