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EDUCATION Levi Van Sant Assistant Professor School of Integrative Studies George Mason University Fairfax, VA (706) Ph.D., University of Georgia, Geography and Integrative
EDUCATION Levi Van Sant Assistant Professor School of Integrative Studies George Mason University Fairfax, VA (706) Ph.D., University of Georgia, Geography and Integrative Conservation, May 2016 Dissertation: Plantation Geographies: Agriculture, Race, and Science in the South Carolina Lowcountry Supervised by Dr. Nik Heynen M.A., University of Georgia, History, with graduate certificate, Conservation Ecology, May 2009 Thesis: Representing Nature, Reordering Society: Eugene Odum, Ecosystem Ecology, and Environmental Politics Supervised by Dr. Paul S. Sutter B.A., University of Georgia, History and Political Science, May 2004 RESEARCH INTERESTS Environmental governance, Agriculture and land-use, Racial capitalism, Critical theory GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, and AWARDS 2017 Human Geography Journal Research Grant (with Dean Hardy) $4, AAG Rural Geography Specialty Group Student Research Award $ National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant $14, UGA Graduate School Dean's Award $1, Harvard History Project Research Grant $3, Association of American Geographers Dissertation Research Award $ Harvard Center for the Study of Capitalism Research Fellowship $2,000 PUBLICATIONS Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Van Sant, L. (2018). Glacial History and the Plantation Present. Special Forum, Progress in Human Geography. DOI: / Van Sant, L., Hennessy, E., and Domosh, M., eds. (2018) Historical Geographies of, and for, the Present. Special Forum, Progress in Human Geography. DOI: / Van Sant, L. (2018). The Long-Time Requirements of the Nation : The US Cooperative Soil Survey and the Political Ecologies of Improvement. Antipode. DOI: /anti Van Sant, L. and Bosworth, K. (2017). Race, Rurality, and Radical Geography in the US. Antipode. Available at: antipodefoundation.org/2017/09/14/race-rurality-and-radicalgeography. Van Sant, L. (2016). Into the Hands of Negroes : Reproducing Plantation Geographies in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Geoforum, 77, Van Sant, L. (2016). When Local Comes to Town: Governing Local Agriculture in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 28(2), Van Sant, L. (2015). Lowcountry Visions: Foodways and Race in Coastal South Carolina. Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, 15(4), R. Vercoe, N. Heynen, D. Hardy, J. Demoss, S. Bonney, K. Allen, P. Brosius, D. Charles, B. Crawford, S. Heisel, R. de Jesús-Crespo, N. Nibbelink, L. Parker, C. Pringle, A. Shaw, L. Van Sant, M. Welch-Devine. (2014). Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina. Ecology and Society, 19(1), Special Issues Guest-Edited Van Sant, L., Milligan, R., and Mollett, S. (2019). Political Ecologies of Race: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Racism in Canada and the US. Antipode (Forthcoming). Book Chapters Engel-Di Mauro, S. and Van Sant, L., Soil as Commodity and Dirt: Alienation, Value, and Care, in Thinking with Soils: Material Politics and Social Theory, Bloomsbury: London (Forthcoming). Davis, J., A. Moulton, L. Van Sant, and B. Williams, Grounding Racial Capitalism: Land and the Black Freedom Struggle in the American Colonial Present, in The Handbook of Historical Geography, New York: Routledge, (Forthcoming). Heynen, N. and Van Sant, L., (2015) Political Ecologies of Activism and Direct Action Politics, in The Handbook of Political Ecology, London: Sage, pp Book Reviews Gabe Rosenberg, The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America, in Human Geography, vol. 10, no. 2, Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro, Ecology, Soils, and the Left: An Eco-Social Approach, in Journal of Political Ecology, Spring John Warren, et al., The Agri-Environment, in Agricultural History, Winter Policy Papers Brown, T., L. German, A. Jagadish, D. Read, J. Weger, K. Williams, L. Van Sant, L. Pope, and E. Urban. (2017) The Success of Oconee County and the Challenges of Implementing USDA Agricultural Land Easements in Georgia, Food First Online. Read, D., L. German, J. Weger, A. Jagadish, U. Kalita and L. Van Sant (2016) A method for identifying best bet counties for advancing equitable access to USDA programs: The case of agricultural land easements. Land Notes 4. Available at: //iglab.uga.edu/landnotes.html Public Writing Van Sant, L., Land Reform and the Green New Deal, Dissent, Fall Huff, A. and L. Van Sant, Authoritarianism, populism, and political ecology, Entitleblog.org, November Van Sant, L., A redneck revolt? Radical responses to Trumpism in the rural US, opendemocracy.net, April Van Sant, L., Immigration and Agribusiness in Georgia, Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA., June Athens Urban Food Collective, Repurposing Public Space to Meet Local Food Needs, Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA., December INVITED LECTURES Geographies of Land Reform and the Green New Deal Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2019 Researching the Plantation Present in the South Carolina Lowcountry Oral History Workshop (for undergraduate researchers), College of Charleston, Summer Plantation Geographies: Race, Agriculture, and Science in the South Carolina Lowcountry, History and Philosophy of Science Seminar, University of Texas-Austin, Fall Sustainability, Social Justice, and Local Food Systems, UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research, Fall Ecology and Epistemology, UGA Odum School of Ecology, Fall INVITED WORKSHOPS 2019 Dartmouth College, NH Ruralities: Culture, History, Politics 2019 University of Vermont, VT 9 th Quadrennial UK-US-Canadian Rural Geography Workshop 3 2018 International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World 2017 University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Rediscovering Soils: Knowledge and Care in the World of Soils 2016 Rutgers University, NJ Workshop on the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science 2015 Chicago, IL AAG Pre-conference on Critical Physical Geography 2015 Cardiff University, United Kingdom 8th Quadrennial UK-US-Canadian Rural Geography Workshop 2013 Emory University Postcolonial Studies Workshop, GA Class Analysis and the Politics of the People PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS Van Sant, L. Conserving What? Conservation Easements and Environmental Justice in the Coastal US South, 9th Quadrennial UK-US-Canadian Rural Geography Conference, Vermont, US; July 17, Van Sant, L. Glacial History and the Plantation Present, 114 th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, LA, April 12, Van Sant, L. Plantation Geographies: Governing Land and Race in the British (Post)colonies, 113th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA, April 5, Van Sant, L. Plantation Geographies: Agriculture, Race, and Science in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1865-Present, 112th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, March 27, Van Sant, L. Plantation Geographies: Racial and Agricultural Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 6th Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February 26, Van Sant, L. Plantation Geographies: Racial Politics and Agricultural Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry. 8th Quadrennial UK-US-Canadian Rural Geography Conference, Wales, UK; July 8, Van Sant, L. Political Ecology and Colonialism. 111th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL; April 24, Van Sant, L. Plantation Geographies: Agricultural Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry. 5th Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February, 21, Van Sant, L. Towards a Renewed Political Ecology of Soil: Race and Agricultural Surveys in the South Carolina Lowcountry. 110th Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL; April Van Sant, L. Towards a Renewed Political Ecology of Soil: The 1971 Charleston County Soil Survey, 4th Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February, 21, Van Sant, L. When Local Comes to Town: Towards a Political Ecology of the Urban-Rural Rift, 109th Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA; April Van Sant, L. Geographies of Food and Agriculture: Towards a Theory of Urban-Rural Rift. 3rd Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February, 18, Van Sant, L. Reading Wendell Berry as Critical Theory: Political Ecology, Environmental History, and Agrarianism. 2nd Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; April, 12, Van Sant, L. Eugene Odum, Ecosystem Ecology, and the Fallacy of Placeless Knowledge. 1st Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February, 21, Van Sant, L. Southern Regions Revisited: Eugene Odum, Ecological Research, and the Fallacy of Placeless Knowledge Network in Canadian History and Environment Place and Placelessness Workshop, November Van Sant, L. Eugene Odum, Coastal Conservation, and the Politics of Place Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History, University of South Carolina, April Van Sant, L. Searching for the Fundamentals of Ecology: Eugene Odum, Ecosystem Ecology, and Environmental Politics. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History Conference Tallahassee, FL; April Van Sant, L. A Tale of Two Cities: Towards a Thick Integration of Geography and History Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; September Van Sant, L. Ecosystem Ecology: A Southern Science? Southern Regional History of Science and Technology (HoST) Conference, Emory University; November Van Sant, L. Backlashes, both Environmental and Social: Ecology and Agriculture in the Age of Environmentalism Mississippi State University; March PANELS ORGANIZED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS 2019 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Towards a Global Geography of the Plantation, I and II 5 2018 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Emancipatory Rural Politics, I and II 2018 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Historical Methods and Critical Geography 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Race and the Agrarian Question, I-IV 2016 Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky, The Racial Politics of Agriculture 2015 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Political Ecology and Race, I-III 2015 Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky, Agriculture and the Colonial Present, I-II 2014 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Political Ecology and Race, I-III 2014 Dimensions of Political Ecology, University of Kentucky, State, Nature, and Race 2013 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Fragments of an Anarchist Geography: A Conversation 2009 American Society for Environmental History Conference, Science and Health at the Dawn of American Environmentalism PANELS, SERVED AS DISCUSSANT Political Ecology and Methodology, 112th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, March 27, TEACHING EXPERIENCE George Mason University Environmental Justice, Fall 2019 Georgia Southern University Graduate Seminar in Political Ecology, Fall 2018 Cultural Geography, Fall 2016, 2017, 2018 Economic Geography, Fall 2016, 2017 World Regional Geography, Fall 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2017, 2018, Geography of Africa, Spring 2017 Introduction to Human Geography, Spring 2017, 2019 Political Geography, Spring 2018 Geography of Latin America, Spring 2018 Geographies of the US South, Spring 2019 College of Charleston Graduate Seminar on Nature, Culture, and Power, Spring 2015 World Regional Geography, Fall 2014/Spring 2016 University of Georgia Introduction to Human Geography, Summer 2014 GRADUATE STUDENT SUPERVISION M.A. Committee Member Chapman Lindstrom (Georgia Southern University, Applied Geography) Assessing Gentrification related to the Atlanta Beltline Zachary Steinkoenig (College of Charleston, Environmental Studies) Local Fisherman s Knowledge and Perceptions of Marine Protected Areas in the Phillipines PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Summer 2017, participant Student-Centered Pedagogy Workshop, Georgia Southern University August 2016-present, committee chair Georgia Southern University, Geology and Geography Department Seminar Series April 2014-present, board member, AAG Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group , historian, AAG Graduate Student Affinity Group Fall 2011-Spring 2014, graduate school assistantship, UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Fall 2010-Spring 2011, teaching assistant, UGA Department of Geography 2009, archival project manager, UGA Hargrett Library 2008, research assistant under Dr. Shane Hamilton's NSF Scholar's Award 7 INTERDISCIPLINARY ACADEMIC INITIATIVES UGA Food and Agriculture Discussion Group, Founder, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop. Political Ecology and STS Working Group, Co-convener, UGA Geography Department. Food, Agriculture, and the Future Research Node, Co-convener, UGA Center for Integrative Conservation. ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS FACILITATED National Climate Assessment - Rural Communities Workshop, Rapporteur, February 13-14, COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS (CO-) ORGANIZED AND/OR FACILITATED Athens Food Activist Networking Session (with Craig Page of Promoting Local Agriculture and Cultural Experience (P.L.A.C.E), and the Athens Urban Food Collective (AUFC)) REVIEWER Annals of the American Association of Geographers Antipode Environment and Planning: E Geoforum Journal of Peasant Studies National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program CURRENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Association of Geographers, Specialty Groups: Geography of Food and Agriculture (Board Member); Political and Cultural Ecology; Critical Geography; Black Geographies; Indigenous Peoples REFEREES Nik Heynen (Professor of Geography, University of Georgia) Vinay Gidwani (Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota) 8
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