circle.pngI’m a doctoral candidate at the Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Geography.  My interests are broadly centered around the relationships between agriculture, development, and food policy.

My dissertation works to understand the relationship between plant disease and agricultural intensification through the lenses of political ecology and science and technology studies.  I’m interested in how national and international agricultural policy translates into changing farmer knowledge and practices in response to and in tandem with the increasing burden of plant disease.  Particularly, my research centers on a case study in western Uganda where I explore how farmers understand and respond to Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, a crop disease which has reshaped the banana industry of Uganda.

Twitter – @sevello