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Annelise Straw


M.A. Global Environmental Policy, American University (2019)

B.A. International Relations, American University (2018)

University Appointments

Research Assistant:

Local and Regional Food Systems Response to COVID Recovery and Resilience (Cooperative Agreement between USDA-AMS, Colorado State University, and the University of Kentucky) (2021-2022)

Instructor of Record:

GEO 162 Intro to Global Environmental Issues (Summer 2022)

Graduate Teaching Assistant: 

GEO 162 Intro to Global Environmental Issues (Spring 2021)

GEO 130 Earth's Physical Environment (Fall 2020)

GEO 135 Global Climate Change (Fall 2020)


Annelise Ivy Straw is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. Annelise's work focuses on food and agriculture and its various intersections with social and environmental justice. Annelise was previously the Research Assistant on The Local and Regional Food System Recovery and Resilience Project 2.0, an initiative led by the USDA-AMS with cooperating researchers and community partners focusing on translating lessons learned from local and regional food systems stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic and simultaneous social crisis into collaborative strategies for fostering recovery and equitable approaches to food systems resilience. Annelise is now working with the Local and Regional Foods Division within USDA Agricultural Marketing Service where she is working to promote equitable market access by exploring common challenges faced by local and regional food system stakeholders through research and technical assistance.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journals 

Straw, A. “It's Not Just About Getting Your Hands in the Dirt: The Racial Politics of Nutrition Education in Two Washington, D.C. School Gardens,” Revise and Resubmit for Gastronomica. Revisions Submitted. 

Book Reviews (Invited)

Straw, A. 2021. Review of Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers, by Eli Revelle Yano Wilson. For Food, Culture and Society. DOI:

Public Scholarship

Straw, A. 2022. “No land, No life - The Debilitating Structures of Black Land Loss in the U.S. South,” History News Network, 1/16/2022.