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Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Associate Professor School of International Service

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Fall 2020: Mondays and Thursdays, 9-11am, 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 and the 2020 William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching. 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.


Spring 2020

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2020

  • 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)

Forthcoming               Hemp & Farm Justice

(co-authored with five farm organization leaders and four Practicum graduate                                         students under nom de plume ‘The Cáñamo Collective’; for MandelVilar Press’                                            new Agrarian Justice Booklet Series)

Peer-reviewed Articles 

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. “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                 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 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. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1551722.

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. “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]

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

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)

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

In Progress      Graddy-Lovelace, G., K. Niewolny, J. Lindemann, and H. Hyden (editorials) “                                         Agricultural Cooperative Extension of Everything” 


Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Invited            Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Biocultural Community Protocols in the United States? Countering Obstructionism, Expanding National Plant Germplasm System Distribution” For international edited volume Biocultural Rights and Community Protocols, eds. C. Frisson, I. Hall, F. Girard. 

Under Review Graddy-Lovelace, G. “The Criminalization of Agrarian Movements: Leveraging Law &                          Violence Against Land Defenders” For proposed edited volume Environmental Violence                             in an Age of Hyper-Extractivism, under review with Routledge, ed. J Shapiro) 

2019     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “U.S. Farm Policy as Fraught Populism: Tracing the Scalar Tensions of Nationalist Agricultural Governance” In Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era, ed. J. McCarthy. Routledge Press. ISBN: 978-0-367-34653-9

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.

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)