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

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Fall 2018: Mondays & Thursdays 3-5pm
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 & the 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 just won the 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. She is co-lead for AU's Antiracist Research & Policy Center Environment Team.

Partnerships & Affiliations

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

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

Forthcoming          The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity

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

Peer-reviewed Articles

Forthcoming - Graddy-Lovelace, G. “U.S. Farm Policy as Fraught Populism: Tracing the Scalar Contradictions of Nationalist Agriculture” Annals of American Association of Geographers. Special issue: “Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era”

Forthcoming - 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” [Translated into Spanish)

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”

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

Forthcoming     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)

Invited Book Review Essays and Conference Proceedings Paper

2018   Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Farmer & Non-Farmer Responsibility to Each Other: Notes on the Tensions of U.S. Agricultural Self-Governance” Conference Paper #17. Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative Proceedings. Institute for Social Sciences: The Hague, Netherlands

2018     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Making Room in Geography for Land and Food Sovereignty” (on: A.Trauger’s We Want Land to Live: Making Political Space for Food Sovereignty”) Antipode. Online

2017     Graddy-Lovelace, G. “Beyond Biodiversity Conservation: Why Policy Needs Social Theory, Social Theory Needs Justice, and Justice Needs Policy” (on: J. Lorimer’s Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature, R. Youatt’s Counting Species: Biodiversity in Global Environmental Politics, and K. Fuentes-George’s Between Preservation and Exploitation: Transnational Advocacy Networks and Conservation in Developing Countries) Global Environmental Politics. 70(2): 144-151.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters and Reference Chapters

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.

2014     Graddy, T.G. “Seed-saving.” In Encyclopedia of Food & Agricultural Ethics, eds. P. Thompson and D. Kaplan. Springer Reference: New York. Pp. 1662-1669.

2011     Graddy, T.G. “Agrarianism,” “Low Input Agriculture,” and “Homegardens.” In Green Food: An A-Z Reference, eds. D. Mulvaney and P. Robbins. Sage Publications.

2011     Graddy, T.G. “Politics of Scale.” In Green Politics: An A-Z Reference, eds. D. Mulvaney and P. Robbins. Sage Publications.

Work In Progress

Professional Presentations

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

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, “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

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

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

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

2014   Invited speaker, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Oslo, Norway

2014   Invited presenter and participant, “U.S. Farm Bill: Politics & Potential,” at weeklong Transatlantic Meeting on Food, Agriculture & Health Policy workshop, Institute for Agricultural & Trade Policy, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy

2014   Invited speaker, “Seeds to Free the Bounty: Agricultural Biodiversity As Policy & Potential,” Environmental Justice Speaker Series, Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program, University of Kentucky

Grants and Sponsored Research

Academic Honors & Awards

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

  • Recognizes and honors one faculty member in each of the three higher education sectors (public universities, community colleges, independent colleges and universities) for excellence in the integration of service-learning into the curriculum and impact to students and the community. Applicants/nominees are judged according to criteria expressed in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Principles of Good Practice for Service-Learning Pedagogy.

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 ~ $92,000

2018     Nominated for the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award

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” ($4,700)

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)

2015 & 2016 & 2018     School of International Service Faculty-Student Conference Travel Award

2013     Provost’s International Travel Award, American University ($2,500)