Faculty and Staff:
PhD, Geography, Clark University
MA International Development and Social Change, Clark University
BA, Political Science, McGill University
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.
Food systems, race, feminist theory, alternative economies, political ecology
- Slocum, R., Cadieux K. V., Blumberg R. (January 2016). Solidarity, space and race: Toward geographies of agri-food justice (Solidarité, espace et ‘race’: Vers des géographies de la justice alimentaire). Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice, 9 (special issue, food justice and agriculture).
- Slocum, R. and Cadieux K. V. (2015). Notes on the practice of food justice: Understanding and confronting trauma and inequity. Journal of Political Ecology, 22, 27–52.
- Gowan, T. and Slocum R. (2014). Artisanal production, communal provisioning, and anti-capitalist politics in the Aude, France. In J. Schor and C. Thompson (Eds.), Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy (pp. 27–62). New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Slocum, R. and Saldana A. (Eds.). (2013). Geographies of race and food: Fields, bodies, markets. Critical Food Studies Series, Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Slocum, R., Wichhart L., Rocheleau D., Thomas-Slayter B. (1995). Power, process and participation: Tools for change. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.
Access other publications and syllabi at Dr. Slocum’s academia.edu profile.