GFASG Board Elections Now Open

Hi GFASG Members,

Voting is now open for 2016-17 new board members. Bios and link to vote are below. Elections are open for one week from today (March 8th at 5:00 pm). Any questions can be directed to Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern at

Thank you for your participation. We are looking forward to seeing you at AAGs in a few weeks.

Voting Link: GFASG 2016-2017 Board Elections Survey

Please check out below for candidates.



  1. Courtney Gallaher: I am an assistant professor of Geography and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northern Illinois University.  My educational background is eclectic, with degrees in geography, soil science, French, and gender studies, which has allowed me to work on a wide range of topics.  My research has focused broadly on sustainable agriculture and environmental management, focusing primarily on understanding urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.  I have worked extensively in Kenya looking at the impact of urban agriculture on food security and exposure to environmental toxins, and more recently in Malawi examining urban agriculture in the context of climate change adaptations.  I have also worked collaboratively on projects in the Midwestern United States looking farmer perceptions of soil quality and community garden programs.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve as faculty-at-large and feel that my diverse educational and research interests can help advance GFASG’s mission within the geography community.


  1. Russell Hedberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Penn State. His research interests focus on sustainable agriculture and the social-ecological interactions and processes of local and regional food system initiatives. Russell’s dissertation examines the interplay of social and biogeophysical factors that influence soil fertility management and soil fertility resilience on farms participating in a regional farmer’s market network based in New York City. His work endeavors to provide direct assistance to farmers and regional sustainable farming organizations to strengthen local and regional food initiatives in the northeastern US.
  1. Colton Flynn: I am strong candidate for the GFASG student at-large position as I have been working in food and agriculture geographies since the beginning of my master’s degree in geography from the UA (University of Arkansas). My passion for food and agriculture studies began at the UA where I published articles focusing on local food perception and consumption.  In fall 2015, I began a geography PhD program at OSU (Oklahoma State University). At OSU I focus my research on the use of imaging spectroscopy (IS) to analyze a harvested grain known as teff (Eragrostis tef ). Teff is the most commonly (>20%) harvested grain in Ethiopia and is known for its rich nutrient content (protein, calcium, iron). As you can see I am readily involved in the food and agriculture specialty within geography. Because of this I believe I could serve the GFASG board and group as the student at-large.
  1. Jeff Vance Martin is a PhD candidate in human/environmental geography at UC Berkeley, whose research centers on questions of human-environment relations, wildlife conflict, and political economy. He has previously helped organize and contributed to workshops and sessions around political ecology and animal studies, and has served in leadership and service positions at multiple levels. He also has extensive experience with social and environmental activism, and has taught for the Berkeley “Food and the Environment” class on multiple occasions. Previous research projects have included work on resource and land issues (including a BA honors thesis on an Arizona tribal water settlement) and international seed banking and plant germplasm politics (MSc dissertation on Kew Gardens). Current research (PhD dissertation) focuses on conflict over gray wolf conservation and livestock production and predation in the Northern Rockies through the lens of political ecology and economic geography.

Website Coordinator:

  1. Joshua Sbicca is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. His work focuses on urban food politics, social movements, and inequalities. This includes a specific interest in the dynamics between urban political economy and the labor practices and land use strategies of the food movement. In addition, his research attends to the history and evolution of food justice praxis and how this expands the boundaries of the food movement. Through the lens of food he addresses questions around social change, political economy, urban development, race and class relations, human/nature relations, and power. His research has appeared in journals such as Agriculture and Human Values, Environmental Justice, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies and Social Movement Studies. He would be honored to serve in the role of website coordinator and find ways through this forum to raise the visibility of this section.


  1. Colleen Hammelman is a human geographer with research interests in critical food studies that have focused on the influence of urban planning on food insecurity and urban agriculture. She will complete her PhD in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University in May 2016. Colleen has served as a student at-large member of the GFASG since 2014 and was the website coordinator from 2012-2014. Her dissertation uses relational poverty analysis to better understand the role of mobility and social ties in implementing food insecurity coping strategies among migrant women in Medellín, Colombia, and Washington, DC. She is also undertaking new research on urban agricultural practices in migrant communities with a focus on how these projects are impacted by ecological gentrification as well as the role of urban agriculture in building community resilience in marginalized neighborhoods.
  1. Angela Babb: I am interested in the Secretary/treasurer position on the GFASG Board, and I am a highly qualified candidate. I have one year of experience as Treasurer of the local food policy council in Bloomington, Indiana, and I have been elected to continue in this position for another year. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and 2 years of experience as an Accounting Specialist for a local gardening store. I am currently in my third year of the PhD program in Geography at Indiana University. I earned my MA in Geography at IU with a research focus on food deserts and the local food movement in the U.S. My doctoral research is on the US Farm Bill with a particular focus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Another research project of mine is the Real Food Challenge and the assessment of foods purchased by my university.


  1. Charles Levkoe holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Geography and the Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, an Adjunct Research Professorship in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University and is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. His community-engaged research focuses on the growth of regional food networks. Charles is currently the principal investigator of a research project focusing on the role of non-wage labour on small- medium-scale farms (, the academic co-lead on Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE): Community Food Security Hub ( and a co-investigator on the Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) project that uses community-based research to effect transformations toward sustainable regional food systems. Charles has also worked as an organic farmer and in the non-profit sector for over 15 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Food Studies.