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, U.S agriculture

Broadly, my research focuses on the political economy of U.S agriculture, and investigates the obstacles to and opportunities for a sustainable and socially just agricultural system in the United States. My past research studied the role of policy and governance in shaping agrarian landscapes and livelihoods, paying attention to the ways in which racialized and gendered inequalities in these spaces are reproduced through law, policy and the political-economic dynamics of agricultural production. My current project examines the emergent geographies of commercial cannabis cultivation in California.

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

AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group Research Grant – 2022

Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award – 2021