Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

Provost Associate Professor, Department of Environment, Development, and Health

Garrett researches and teaches agricultural policy and agrarian movements at AU’s School of International Service (SIS). Her work focuses on agricultural biodiversity–as it relates to colonialism and coloniality, bioethics and governance, climate crises and agrarian politics, and Indigenous seed/data sovereignty and traditional (agro)ecological knowledge. Her scholarship also addresses the international and domestic impacts of the US Farm Bill, and parity policies (supply management, price floors, cooperatives, farm justice movements) in particular. Garrett has published 30+ articles in academic journals on these and related topics (such as gender equity, ag labor, land defenders, intellectual property, abolition, metadata, Black agrarian movements, spirituality), and she co-founded the Agroecology Research-Action Collective, the Disparity to Parity project, SIS’ Ethnographies of Empire research cluster, AU’s Center for Environment, Community & Equity, the NSF RECIPES Agri-Food Policy Cluster, and the American Association of Geographer’s Food & Ag Specialty Group. She was honored to receive SIS’ 2022 Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, and to direct the Pointing the Farm Bill toward Racial Justice Summit at Airlie this summer. She was coPI for NSF-SESYNC ‘Diverse Paths to Nourishment: Food Security & Agrobiodiversity’ and PI for Contemplative Environmental Pedagogy project. Born and raised in a farming community in Kentucky, she has a PhD in Geography from University of Kentucky, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from Yale.

Current Projects

• The Power of Seeds & Agricultural Biodiversity Governance (solo-authored book, MIT Press, forthcoming)

• Disparity to Solidarity to Parity: Minimum Support Price & Farm Justice in US & India (book project for Island Press, research underway, co-authoring with Indra Shekhar Singh)

• Agrobiodiversity Nourishes Us/La Agrobiodiversidad Nos Nutre – special feature co-editing, based on coPI NSF SESYNC

• Pointing the Farm Bill toward Racial Justice – Summit, 2023 Congressional Briefing, Toolkit & multimedia deliverables underway

• Contemplative Environmental Pedagogy (PI) – ontologies and methodologies of meaning-making in and for climate justice

• US-Cuba agricultural relations – ongoing research; State Department briefings (2021, 2022) and Congressional briefing (2023)


Agroecology Research-Action Collective

Cuba-US Agroecology Network

Disparity to Parity (D2P)