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Dr. Levi Van Sant Curriculum Vitae

LEVI VAN SANT

 

Room 1100, Herty Building

Georgia Southern University

Department of Geography and Geology

Statesboro, Georgia

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Geography and Integrative Conservation, May 2016

Plantation Geographies: Agriculture, Race and Science in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1865-Present Supervised by Dr. Nik Heynen

 

M.A., University of Georgia, History, May 2009

Representing Nature, Reordering Society: Eugene Odum, Ecosystem Ecology, and Environmental Politics

Supervised by Dr. Paul S. Sutter

 

Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, Conservation Ecology, May 2009

 

B.A., University of Georgia, History and Political Science, May 2004

 

CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITION

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography, Georgia Southern University

 

GRANTS

National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (2014 – $14,335)

 

Harvard History Project Research Grant (2013 – $3,000)

 

FELLOWSHIPS and AWARDS

AAG Rural Geography Specialty Group Student Research Award (2015 – $750)

 

UGA Graduate School Dean’s Award (2014 – $1,000)

 

Association of American Geographers Dissertation Research Award (2013 – $500)

 

Harvard Center for the Study of Capitalism Research Fellowship (2013 – $2,000)

 

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED

Van Sant, L. “’Into the Hands of Negroes’: Reproducing Plantation Geographies in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” Geoforum, December 2016.

 

Van Sant, L. “When Local Comes to Town: Governing Local Agriculture in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” Capitalism Nature Socialism, November 2016.

 

Van Sant, L., “Lowcountry Visions: Foodways and Race in Coastal South Carolina,”

Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, November 2015.

 

  1. 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, “Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina,” Ecology and Society, Spring 2014.

 

PEER REVIEWED, UNDER REVIEW

Van Sant, L. and Williams, B. “Plantation Critiques: Geographies of Struggle Beyond the Urban-Rural Divide,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

** invited for special issue based on peer-reviewed abstract**

 

Van Sant, L. “’The Long-Time Requirements of the Nation’: The US Cooperative Soil Survey and the Political Ecology of Improvement,” Environment and Planning: A.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS, PUBLISHED

Heynen, N. and Van Sant, L., (2015) “Political Ecologies of Activism and Direct Action Politics,” in The Handbook of Political Ecology, London: Sage, pp. 169-178.

 

PEER REVIWED, IN PREPARATION

Van Sant, L., Heynen, N., and Gragson, T. “Big Science and ‘Big Nature’: Eugene Odum and High-modernist Ecology,” Science as Culture.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Gabe Rosenberg, The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America,

in Human Geography, forthcoming 2017.

 

Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro, Ecology, Soils, and the Left: An Eco-Social Approach,

in Journal of Political Ecology, Spring 2015.

 

John Warren, et al., The Agri-Environment, in Agricultural History, Winter 2010.

 

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

Brown, T., L. German, A. Jagadish, D. Read, J. Weger, K. Williams, with 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 (Forthcoming).

 

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: http://iglab.uga.edu/landnotes.html

 

Van Sant, L. “Wilderness and Agriculture,” Trek Country, summer 2008.

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Van Sant, L. “Immigration and Agribusiness in Georgia,” Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA., June 2011.

 

Athens Urban Food Collective, “Repurposing Public Space to Meet Local Food Needs,” Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA., December 2010.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Georgia Southern University

Cultural Geography, Fall 2016

Economic Geography, Fall 2016

World Regional Geography, Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Geographies of the African Diaspora, Spring 2017

Introduction to Human Geography, Spring 2017

 

College of Charleston

Nature, Culture, and Power, Spring 2015

World Regional Geography, Fall 2014/Spring 2016

University of Georgia

Introduction to Human Geography, Summer 2014

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

April 2014-present, board member,

AAG Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group

 

2014-2015, historian, AAG Graduate Student Affinity Group

 

Fall 2011-Spring 2014, graduate school assistantship,

UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research

 

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

 

2007-2009, teaching assistant, UGA History Department

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

INVITED LECTURES

“Plantation Geographies: Race, Agriculture, and Science in the South Carolina Lowcountry,”

University of Texas-Austin, History and Philosophy of Science, Fall 2015.

 

“When Local Comes to Town: Race and Agricultural Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” UGA Dept. of Geography, Spring 2013.

 

“Sustainability, Social Justice, and Local Food Systems,” UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research, Fall 2012.

 

“Ecology and Epistemology,” UGA Odum School of Ecology, Fall 2009.

 

“Ecosystem Ecology: Science and the US South” UGA History Department, Fall 2008.

 

INVITED WORKSHOPS

2017 University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Rediscovering Soils: Knowledge and Care in the World of Soils

 

2016 Rutgers University,

Workshop on the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science

 

2013 Emory Postcolonial Studies Workshop,

Class Analysis and the Politics of the People

 

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

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, 2016.

 

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, 2016.

 

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, 2015.

 

Van Sant, L. “Political Ecology and Colonialism.” 111th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL; April 24, 2015.

 

Van Sant, L. “Plantation Geographies: Agricultural Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry.” 5th Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February, 21, 2015.

 

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 2014.

 

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, 2014.

 

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 2013.

 

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, 2013.  

 

Van Sant, L. “Avoiding the Four Temptations: Towards a Renewed Theory of Place.”

108th Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, NY; February 2012.

 

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, 2012.

 

Van Sant, L. “Eugene Odum, Ecosystem Ecology, and the Fallacy of Placeless Knowledge.”

1st Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY; February, 21, 2011.

       

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 2010.

 

Van Sant, L. “Eugene Odum, Coastal Conservation, and the Politics of Place”

Forum on Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History, University of South Carolina,

April 2010.

 

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 2009.

 

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 2009.

 

Van Sant, L. “Ecosystem Ecology: A Southern Science?” Southern Regional History of Science and Technology (HoST) Conference, Emory University; November 2008.

 

Van Sant, L. “Backlashes, both Environmental and Social: Ecology and Agriculture in the Age of Environmentalism” Mississippi State University; March 2008.

 

PANELS ORGANIZED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

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”

 

2011 Agricultural History Society Conference,

“Making Markets”

 

2009 American Society for Environmental History Conference,

“Science and Health at the Dawn of American Environmentalism”   

 

2009 Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History (FARE),

“Foodways and Agriculture in the American South”

 

PANELS, SERVED AS DISCUSSANT

“Political Ecology and Methodology,” 112th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, March 27, 2016.

 

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

UGA Food and Agriculture Discussion Group,

Founder, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop.

 

Political Ecology and STS Reading Group,

Co-convener, UGA Geography Department.

 

“Food, Agriculture, and the Future” Research Node,

Co-convener, UGA Center for Integrative Conservation.

 

Space, Nature, and Society Workshop,

UGA Geography Department.

 

ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS FACILITATED

National Climate Assessment – Rural Communities Workshop,

Rapporteur, February 13-14, 2012.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT SUPERVISION

M.A. Committee Member

Zachary Steinkoenig (College of Charleston, Environmental Studies): “Local Fisherman’s Knowledge and Perceptions of Marine Protected Areas in the Phillipines”

 

SERVICE

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS (CO-) ORGANIZED AND/OR FACILITATED

Athens Food Activist Networking Session (AFANS; with Craig Page of Promoting Local Agriculture and Local Experience (P.L.A.C.E), and the Athens Urban Food Collective (AUFC))

 

OCCASIONAL REVIEWER

Antipode

Geoforum

Journal of Peasant Studies

 

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Association of American Geographers,

Specialty Groups: Geography of Food and Agriculture (Board Member); Political and Cultural Ecology; Geography of Race and Ethnicity; Socialist and Critical Geography

 

REFERENCES

  1. Nik Heynen, nheynen@uga.edu
  2. Josh Barkan, jbarkan@uga.edu
  3. Amy Trauger, atrauger@uga.edu
  4. Jeff Underwood, sjunderwood@georgiasouthern.edu

 

Last updated: 2/9/2017

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