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Rachel Charlene Voss
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
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  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 413
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies

Research Interests

My research interests in U.S. and African agriculture sit at the intersection of agroecology, development geography, and political ecology. I currently study adoption and diffusion of agricultural innovations, differentiated vulnerabilities to environmental change, and farmer responses to economic and climate stress in Senegal, including migration and dryland soil and water management.

Major advisor: Carol Shennan

Biography, Education and Training

My research in West Africa is an expansion of my career interests in improving the effectiveness and equity of development programs focused on food and agriculture. In Senegal, I have worked in project monitoring and evaluation, building on past professional experience in policy analysis, project management, print and online communications, and event planning. I hold a B.A. from American University, where my studies focused on development and global environmental politics. After completing my Ph.D., I will work to strengthen farmers' roles in decision-making and knowledge co-production; understand and respond to structural constraints in resource access shaped by farmers' intersectional identities, including their gender; and better align policies and programs related to natural resource management, food production, climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as urban and rural development.

Honors, Awards and Grants

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015
Heller Agroecology Graduate Student Research Fellowship, 2015
UC Santa Cruz Blum Scholar Award, 2016 
Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship, 2017
Jessica Roy Memorial Scholarship, 2018

Selected Publications

Shellabarger, R. M., Voss, R. C., Egerer, M., & Chiang, S.-N. (2019). Challenging the urban-rural dichotomy in agri-food systems. Agriculture and Human Values, 36(1), 91–103.