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Skidmore College
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Lowery Parker

Lowery Parkervisiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Office: CIS 210K
: 518.580.8105


  • PhD - Department of Geography and Center for Integrative Conservation Research University of Georgia, 2017
  • MIP - Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia, 2011
  • BA - Departments of History and Fine Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1999


  • ES 223 - Environmental Justice 
  • ES 303 - The Politics of Food, Agriculture, and Social Justice
  • ES 374 and ES 375 - Research Capstone 


Lowery has a Master’s degree in International Policy and a PhD in Geography and Integrative Conservation, both from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation research focused on the politics of agricultural investment in Africa, exploring the relationship between philanthropic funding and food sovereignty through the lens of crop biotechnology. Her interest in food politics stems from a childhood growing up on a family farm in southwest Georgia as well as her experience living in Niger as a Peace Corps volunteer. She has worked on farms and in restaurants committed to building local food systems and has conducted applied research on agricultural issues such as irrigation efficiency and large-scale commodity crop production. Her teaching is based on the premise that addressing “wicked” environmental problems requires the transformation of our food and energy systems, and that this transformation must be based in racial and economic justice. Moving forward, she is interested in facilitating dialogue around “political imaginations” – as seen in cooperative land governance models, racial justice in supply chains, and democratic funding relationships between agricultural producers and philanthropic organizations.

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