Amy in India. Photo by Jen Fluri
Amy in India.
Photo by Jen Fluri

Amy Trauger is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia. She is a broadly trained geographer focusing on issues of culture, economy, and agriculture. Specifically in local, organic and fair trade supply chains, Amy has worked on issues of gender, race and justice in sustainable agriculture.

“My mother was a single woman farmer, and my interest in her roles in the community led me to study women farmers for my MS and PhD at Penn State. That, of course, led to literature on feminist geography, but her inspiring life also led me to feminism myself,” Amy said.

Amy has recently started to work on political geography for food sovereignty. “I have worked for many years as a scholar activist, and hope my work will change lives for the better,” she said. Amy’s current scholar-activist project is to prepare and deliver local and organic food to new mothers in Athens, GA.

Amy’s must-read classic is Demonic Grounds by Katherine McKittrick. She just finished, however, ”A Land Sovereignty’ Alternative: Towards a peoples’ Counter-Enclosure,” by Borras and Franco, 2012.

Although Amy cannot attend our conference this year, she has a few helpful tips for emerging scholars. “Go to conferences. Volunteer. Get involved in both your academic and research community,” she says.

For more on Amy’s work, research and interests, visit her professional site.