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Amy Trauger


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Geography-Geology Building, Room 138
Research Interests:

food sovereignty, sustainable and alternative agriculture, human-environment interactions, gender and agriculture, Indigenous politics, food production, rural geography, multi-species life, South Asia, Caribbean

  • Ph.D. (2005), Pennsylvania State University Geography and Women’s Studies
  • M.S. (2001), Pennsylvania State University Geography
  • B.A. (1998), University of Minnesota-Duluth Geography and Environmental Studies
Selected Publications:

Trauger, A. (2022) The Vegan Industrial Complex: The Political Ecology of Not Eating Animals. Journal of Political Ecology 29(1): 639–655.

Trauger, A. and J. Fluri. (2014). Getting beyond the god-trick: towards service research. The Professional Geographer.  66(1): 32-40.

Trauger, A. (2007a) Connecting social justice to sustainability: discourse and practice in sustainable agriculture in Pennsylvania. In Constructing ‘Alternative’ Food Geographies: Representation and Practice, eds. M. Kneafsey, L. Holloway and D. Maye. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 39–54. 

Trauger, A. (2022) Geographies of Food and Power. Routledge.

Trauger, A. and Fluri, J. (2019). Engendering Development: Inequality, Intersectionality and Global Capitalism. Routledge.

Athena Co-Learning Collective. (2018) A femifesto for teaching and learning radical geography. Antipode.

Desmarais, A. Claeys, P. and Trauger, A. (2017) (Eds) Making Policy for Food Sovereignty: Social Movements, Markets and the State. Earthscan/Routledge.

Trauger, A. (2017) “We Want Land to Live”: Space, territory and the politics of food sovereignty, UGA Press, Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series: Athens, GA. 

Howerton, G. and Trauger, A. (2017)Oh honey, don’t you know?” the social construction of food access in a food desert. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. Accepted for publication, 14(4):740-760.

Trauger, A. (Ed). (2015). Food Sovereignty in International Context: Discourse, Politics and Practice in Place.  Food, Society and Environment Series. Routledge/Earthscan: London14.    


Trauger, A. (2014). Toward a political geography of food sovereignty. Journal of Peasant Studies 40th Anniversary Issue: Volume 2: Food Sovereignty: Critical Perspectives. 41(6): 1131-1152** *

Trauger, A. (2014) Is Bigger Better? Organic and Fair Trade Banana Production in the Dominican Republic. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 104(5): 1082-1100*

Kurtz, H., Trauger, A. and C. Passidomo.  (2013) The contested terrain of biological citizenship in the seizure of raw milk in Athens, Georgia. Geoforum. 48: 136-144. 

Heynen, N., Kurtz, H. and A. Trauger (2012) Food justice, hunger and the city. Geography Compass. 6 (5): 304–311. ** *

Trauger, A. (2009) Space, networks and agency: networked spatial relations in sustainable agriculture. Area 41(2): 117–128. *


Articles Featuring Amy Trauger

An entirely plant based diet has long been suggested as the most environmentally friendly way to eat. However, new research from University of Georgia Geography professor Dr. Amy Trauger suggests that a diet of mostly plants and humanely raised meat is likely…

Amy Trauger, author and professor of geography, was named last year as the Canada Research Chair in Food…

Dr. Amy Trauger has been named the Canada Research Chair in Food Studies at the University of Guelph which is administered through the Fulbright Canada program. With this position, Dr. Trauger will research the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food…

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