Megan Dwyer Baumann

Research Interests

  • feminist political ecology
  • smallholder agriculture
  • farmer knowledge
  • climate change adaptation
  • seed networks
  • environmental impacts (biodiversity/soils/water/conservation)
  • Feminist Geopolitics



  • M.S. in Geography, Penn State University (2017)
  • B.A. in History & Sociology, Loyola University Chicago (2008)
  • Certificate of Sustainable Urban Horticulture, City Colleges of Chicago & Chicago Botanic Garden (2012)


Book Review

Baumann, M. D. Daniel R. Block and Howard B. Rosing: Chicago: a food biography. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-2.

Non-academic Journal Article

2012. “Unburying Kimbell: Logan Square’s Agricultural Legacy” in AREA#12:Intersections, Chicago: 36. Print. Co-authored with Dave Snyder.

Book Translation

2009. Corazon de un Campeon, by Roger Lipe. Cross Training Publishing, Grand Island, Nebraska.


Upcoming Presentations

2018. "Farmer Seed Projects and Environmental Landscape Knowledge in Nicaragua." In Paper Session: Farmer decision-making in a changing world: Probing the complexities of farmer action for more sustainable and just food systems. Conference of the American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, Louisiana: April.

Previous Presentations

2017. "Distance Isolation and Caging: Seed production as resistance against alienation through a feminist geopolitics analytic." In Paper Session: Critical Agriculture. Critical Geography Conference. Penn State University: October 28.

2017.  “The Role of Landscape Cognition in Smallholder Crop Management for Food Security in Nicaragua." In Paper Session: Transforming Human-Environment Interactions Research through Integrative Methods 1. Conference of the American Association of Geographers. Boston, Massachusetts: April 6.

2017. “Landscape Cognition and Smallholder Food Security in Northern Nicaragua.” In Paper Session: Sustainability, Transition, Livelihoods. Latin American Geographers Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana: January 4.

2016.   “Farmer Landscape Cognition and Seed Systems.” In Paper Session: Citizens, Science, and Geovisualization. No Boundaries Student Conference. Penn State University: February.


2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2017 Conference for Latin American Geographers Graduate Travel Award
2016 Studentship with Bioversity International & Zimmerer GeoSyntheSES Lab
2015 Center for Landscape Dynamics Graduate Research Award - $2,500


Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG)
Current Member, Treasurer 2016-2017

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection (UROC)
Co-coordinator 2017-2018, Graduate Mentor 2016-2017

Graduate Student Representative, 2017-2018