Laura Livingston, Ph.D.

Joined Chatham: July 2022
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia


Laura Livingston is a food systems scholar that uses critical theories to investigate community-identified problems in the food system. On Eden Hall campus, she works with a phenomenal team of staff and students to steward our agricultural and land-based resources. Our agricultural enterprises include: beekeeping, mushrooms, vegetables, fruit, and maple.


Food systems, Critical theories, Community-based approaches


Being outdoors -- hiking, paddling, skiing, and general adventuring 

  • Ph.D., Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2022
  • M.S., Agroecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2018
  • B.A., Biology and Geology, Oberlin College, May 2013
  • American Geophysical Union (August 2020-Current)
  • American Sociological Association (June 2020-Current)
  • American Evaluation Association (January 2019-July 2022)
  • Livingston, L. J. (2022). Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic: Community Engaged Scholarship in Food Systems. Journal of Agriculture, Land, and Human Values. 

  •  Livingston, L. J. (2021). Tracing Power from within: Learning from Participatory Action Research and Community Development Projects in Food Systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stoecker, Randy, and Adrienne Falcón (eds). Handbook of Participatory Action Research and Community Development. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. 

  •  Livingston, L. J, Strader, C. and Dawson, J. C. (2018). Creation of an Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin. eOrganic, 6-9. 

  • Lessons & Models from COVID-19 Pandemic: Community Engaged Scholarship in Food Systems. Will be presented at Agriculture and Human Values. Savannah, Georgia, May 18-21, 2022.  

  • Innovative Initiatives in Conducting Community-Based Science and Training the Next Generation of Practitioners. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Conference, Virtual, December 12, 2021. 

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Community-Based Food Systems Scholarship and where we go from here. Presented at the International Association for Research on Service- Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Virtual Gathering, November 15, 2021. 

  • Tracing Power from within using Institutional Ethnography. Presented at the Culture, History, and the Environment Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin, March 20, 2021.  

  • Gompers Grows: A story of community-academic partnership. Accepted to Present at the Living Knowledge Conference. Groningen, The Netherlands, (Cancelled due to COVID- 19), 2020. 

  • Organic Farm Manager Apprenticeship Program. Presented at the Organic Vegetable Production Conference. Madison, Wisconsin, February 2, 2020. 

  • Participatory Evaluation. Presented at the Organic Vegetable Production Conference. Madison, Wisconsin, February 2, 2020. 

  • This is your Song too: Colorblind Racism in the Online Phish Community. Presented at the Phish Studies Conference. Corvallis, Oregon, May 18, 2019. 

  • Formalizing Apprenticeship Curriculum and Material Development. Presented at the Regenerate Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 30, 2018. 

  • Nipped in the bud: curriculum creation process reproduces inequalities in sustainable agricultural education. Presented at the Agriculture, Food, and Human Society Conference. Madison, Wisconsin, May 28, 2018. 

  • Designing an Apprenticeship Curriculum. Presented at the Community Food Systems Conference. Boston, MA, December 5, 2017.