JUDITH CARNEY, University of California, Los Angeles

Judith Carney, professor of geography at UCLA and recipient of three distinguished teaching awards, is the author of two award-winning books: Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas and In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World. Her research centers on African ecology and development, food security, gender and agrarian change, and African contributions to New World environmental history. The Association of American Geographers has honored her with the Netting Award in recognition of distinguished research that bridges geography and anthropology, the Carl Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award for significant contributions to Latin American geography, and the Distinguished Scholarship Honors. Recent publications study the human usage of mangrove ecosystems in West Africa and the diaspora, the historical significance of recent genetic sequencing of African rice, and African foodways in the Americas.


September 14-15, 2017
     University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

September 20-21, 2017
     Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

September 25-26, 2017
     Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

September 28-29, 2017
     Ohio University, Athens, OH

February 13-14, 2018
     University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

February 19-20, 2018
     Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

February 22-23, 2018
     Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

March 1-2, 2018
     Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas

Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade 

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