SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC

Rachel Slocum

Associate Professor
Sustainable Development

Courses Taught


PhD, Geography, Clark University
MA International Development and Social Change, Clark University
BA, Political Science, McGill University

Rachel Slocum
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Rachel Slocum’s professional experience, teaching, and research have been propelled by an interest in social justice and environmental change. This has led her to research the relationship among race, space, and the US food movement. Drawing on feminist, critical race, political ecology, and alternative economies literatures, her publications discuss the work of whiteness in the imaginaries and practices of food activists, antiracism activism, race and farmers’ markets, and the diverse ways race has been theorized in agri-food studies. In related research, she has explored efforts in the Aude, France, to build communal reliance through non-alienating relationships to work. Most recently, she has published on the meaning and practice of food justice. Her doctoral and master’s research concerned, respectively, municipal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US and gendered access to land in Mali. Dr. Slocum was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and serves on the advisory board for the Journal of Political Ecology. She loves writing, gardening, wood-working, sewing, and being near the ocean.

Research Interests

Food systems, race, feminist theory, alternative economies, political ecology

Selected Publications

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