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Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Associate Professor School of International Service

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SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 306
Fall 2021: Mondays 1-3:30pm and Wednesdays 5-6:30pm
Additional Positions at AU
Faculty Affiliate, Antiracist Research & Policy Center
Editorial Board Member, Agriculture & Human Values Journal
Associate Director, Center for Environment, Community & Equity
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
Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches global environmental and 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) and on Cuba-US agricultural relations. 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 Senior Personnel for AU's $15M NSF RECIPES grant on Food Waste. She won the 2018 Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic's Alan C. Penczek Award for Service Learning and the 2020 William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching. Graddy-Lovelace co-founded and co-leads School of International Service's Ethnographies of Empire Research Cluster, and the new, nation-wide Agroecology Research-Action Collective. She is a Faculty Affiliate for AU's Antiracist Research & Policy Center and Associate Director for the new Center for Environment, Community & Equity. Additionally, she works on and for open knowledge and data equity.


Spring 2021

  • SIS-793 Practicum in Int'l Affairs: U.S. Agricultural Policy

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation

  • SISU-350 Topics in Env Sustain/Glb Hlth: Int'l Food & Agricultural Pol

  • SISU-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Int'l Food & Agricultural Pol

Fall 2021

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

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation

  • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Rural Urban Connections

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Antiracist Research & Policy Center
    Environment Team - co-chair

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 under nom de plume ‘The Cáñamo Collective’; for MandelVilar Press’                                       new Agrarian Justice Booklet Series)            

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

Forthcoming   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.

Forthcoming   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)

Forthcoming   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. “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]

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 (2021). 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 

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

Professional Presentations

Invited Presentations of Research

2021     Invited 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   Invited colloquium speaker, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative, University of Vermont

2020   Invited co-keynote, West Virginia Food for All Summit 

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

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

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

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

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

2020   Invited speaker, “Dairy Together” Workshop, Wisconsin Farmers Union 

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

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

2019   Invited panelist, “2018 Farm Bill” for Busboys & Poets Public Roundtable, Washington DC

2018   Invited paper: “Will the U.S. Agricultural Spectrum/Sector Be What Finally Topples the Cuban Embargo?” for Trends and Perspectives of Cuba-US Relations during the First Years of the Trump Administration conference, Center for Research for International Politics and the Raul Roa Garcia Higher Institute of International Relations, Havana, Cuba 

2018   Invited talk: “The Secret Crisis of Surplus: 20th Century Geopolitics of U.S. Agricultural Governance, Gain & Glut” for Historical Research Cluster Speaker Series, AU SIS  

2018     Invited speaker for “Food Justice in Appalachia and US South” Workshop and panel, West Virginia University

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

2018     Invited instructor, Intensive PhD Summer Course, “Agrarian Cosmopolitics: Political Ontology, Land Justice & the Decolonial Option,” at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands 

2018     Invited speaker, “Critical Food Interventions” Workshop and Symposium, University of Delaware 

2018     Invited speaker, “Decolonizing Academia—By Agrarianizing It? Land, Labor, Learning, Justice” at the “Beyond the Grassroots: Participatory Ecology and Political Praxis” Annual Mellon Symposium of the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College PA 

2018     Invited panelist, “Decolonial Feminist Political Ecology: Emergences and Futures,” American Association of Geographers (AAG), New Orleans LA 

2018     Invited panelist, “Agrobiodiversity & Conflict,” AAG, New Orleans 

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

2018     Invited presenter, Emancipatory Rural Politics Institute conference, International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands [unable to attend in person due to childcare] 

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

2018   Invited panelist, “Public Political Ecology: From Communities of Practice to Communities of Praxis,” Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, UK 

2017   Invited panelist, “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   Invited speaker, “Food & Farm Bill 2018,” Sierra Club, New York City 

2017   Invited panelist and panel leader, “Sharing Food & Agriculture Syllabi & Curriculum: Roundtable & Workshop” Agriculture, Food & Human Values Conference, Los Angeles 

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

Grants and Sponsored Research

Academic Honors & Awards

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 (

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

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” ($10K)

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

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

  • Recognizes and honors faculty member for excellence in the integration of service-learning into the curriculum and impact to students and the community. 

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 (NSF) DBI-1639145 ($92K)

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