Junior Scholars Workshop

Laura Gutierrez Escobar
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bio: Laura Escobar is working on her Ph.D. investigating the implications of GMOs for small farmers in Colombia.

Dr. Kristal Jones
Research Associate, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Centre
University of Maryland.
Bio: Having received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2014, Kristal spent a year working as a post-doctoral fellow at the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. Her research focuses on seed systems and farmer access in West Africa, with a particular focus on how new seed technologies are spread through farmer networks.

Dr. Amalia Leguizamon
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Tulane University
Bio: Dr. Leguizamon received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the City University of New York in 2014 before beginning a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Tulane University. Her dissertation research investigates the politics of Genetically Modified soybean in Argentina, with an emphasis on how the country’s changing political landscape over the past three decades has facilitated the widespread adoption of GM crops, and the implications of this shift for the nation’s farmers.

Dr. Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong
Recent Graduate, Department of Geography
University of Western Ontario
Bio: Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong’s dissertation research investigated dynamics of food security, climate change and gender, particularly as they relate to the introduction of new agricultural technologies in northern Ghana. He completed the Ph.D. in 2014.