Madison Barbour

Madison Barbour

graduate student



2018 B.A. Politics with highest honors in the major, UC Santa Cruz, magna cum laude


Research interests: agrarian political ecology, geographical political economy, critical theory

Broadly, my research has focused on pesticide regulation and the political economy of U.S agriculture. Approaching the issue of pesticide regulation from a feminist political ecology perspective, my research has concerned the ways in which structural racism in the U.S food system is reproduced in gendered ways by neoliberal policy approaches to worker protection.

Selected Publications

Barbour, M., & Guthman, J. (2018). (En)gendering exposure: pregnant farmworkers and the inadequacy of pesticide notification. Journal of Political Ecology, 25(1), 332-349.

Guthman, J., & Barbour, M. (2017). Grower and worker perspectives in a dynamic regulatory environment for California’s strawberry industry. CASFS Research Briefs, 15.

Grants & Awards

2021 Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award