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T. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Associate Professor School of International Service

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SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 306
Fall 2019: Wednesdays 11:30am-1:30pm, Thursdays 3-5pm, or by appointment.
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 postcolonial studies in current research on agricultural biodiversity conservation, agrarian cooperatives, land use decisions, 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 & Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity, is with M.I.T. Press. She is co-PI for a new two-year SESYNC-NSF Pursuit, entitled "Diverse Pathways to Nourishment: Understanding How Agricultural Biodiversity Enhances Food Security." She won the 2018 Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic's Alan C. Penczek Award for Service Learning for her work in community-engaged scholarship. Graddy-Lovelace co-founded and co-leads AU2030 Social Equity Initiative, School of International Service's Ethnographies of Empire Research Cluster, and the new, nation-wide Agroecology Research-Action Collective.

Partnerships & Affiliations

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

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

Forthcoming          The Power of Seeds & Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity

                           (M.I.T. Press’s Food, Health & Environment Series)

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

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. doi:10.1017/S1742170519000322

2019    Graddy-Lovelace, G. “U.S. Farm Policy as Fraught Populism: Tracing the Agricultural Tensions of Nationalism” Annals of American Association of Geographers. Special issue: “Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era” DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1551722

2019   Graddy-Lovelace, G. "Where Is Farm Justice in Food Justice" Environment & Planning D: Society & Space. Special Book Review Issue. {Open Access}

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

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. DOI: [With Spanish translation, in same special issue] {Open Access}

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 {Open Access}

2018     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Attending to Plants: Crop Diversity Pre-Breeding Technologies as Agrarian Care Co-opted?” Area. Special issue: “Limits & Topologies of Care” DOI:10.1111/area.12499

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.

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 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): 426-454.

-Winner of AU's 2014 LeoGrande Award for best article or book on Latin American or Latino studies

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.

-Selected as feature for Harold & Muriel Brookfield's 'People, Land Management, and Eco-Systems Conservation' listserv, 140th issue, 2014


Guest Editor, Journal Themed Issues

2019    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)

Forthcoming     Roman-Alcalá, A., G. Graddy-Lovelace, and M. Edelman (editors) "Emancipatory Rural Politics & Authoritarian Populism: United States/Puerto Rico" Journal of Rural Studies

Forthcoming     Graddy-Lovelace, G. (editor) "Collective Review of Monica White's Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and Black Freedom Movement Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems  & Community Development 


Recent Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2019     Graddy-Lovelace, G. "U.S. Farm Policy As Fraught Populism: Tracing the Scalar Contradictions of Nationalist Agricultural Governance." In Environmetnal Governance in an Authoritarian Populist Era. Edited by J. McCarthy. Routledge Press. 

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. 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.

Work In Progress

Professional Presentations

2019   Invited panelist, “2018 Agricultural Improvement Act: Status Quo with Seeds of Agrarian Justice” for Busboys & Poets Public Roundtable, Washington DC

2019   Invited panelist, “Will the U.S. Agricultural Spectrum/Sector Be What Finally Topples the Cuban Embargo?” for Center for Latin America and Latino Studies panel, American University

2019   “Scales of Reference & Reckoning as Ontologies of Accounting & Justice” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky

2019   “Dialogue as Data As Dialogue: Emancipatory Methodologies for the Rural Over-studied and Under-served” AAG, DC (co-presenting with V. Limeberry*)

2018   “The Criminalization of Agrarian Movements: Leveraging Law & Violence Against Land Defenders” Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) conference, Noragric University, Norway

2018   “Comparative Agrobiodiversity Policy Analysis: Treaties, Seed Laws, and Grassroots Declarations” POLLEN, Noragric University, Norway (co-presented with V. Limeberry*)

2018   “Femming the Farm? Gender Equity Claims & Accountability in Agricultural Aid” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky (co-presented with V. Limeberry*)

2018   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

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

2018     Invited presentation “Informing Agricultural Biodiversity Governance: Democratizing Data, Placing Policy,” SESYNC-NSF Pursuit Inaugural Workshop, Annapolis MD

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

2018     Invited speaker, 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,” Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

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 Interventions” Workshop and Symposium, University of Delaware

2018     Invited speaker, “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]

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

Grants and Sponsored Research

Academic Honors & Awards

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

2017     School of International Service Dean’s Summer Research Award: “Cultivating Dialogue: A History, Geography & Policy Analysis of U.S.-Cuban Agrarian Cooperatives’ Collaboration” ($4.7K)

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

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” ($4K)

2015 & 2016 & 2019     School of International Service Faculty-Student Conference Travel Award

2013     Provost’s International Travel Award, American University ($2.5K)