Practicum teams are annual cohorts of graduate students working on their capstone for the Masters degree at American University’s School of International Service. Undergraduate American University students also contribute to research and the website, including students working on independent studies and students in the Community Based Research Scholars program.
2017 Practicum team
In the 2017 U.S. Agricultural Policy Practicum at American University, rather than work on several separate individual or small group projects as past practicum classes had done, the students and Professor Graddy-Lovelace opted for a more collaborative approach of producing only two larger group reports . These reports were mostly worked on separately by two different teams but were also tied together through a shared focus on how U.S. policy has favored certain groups within the food system and a certain type of agriculture to the detriment of the majority of U.S. farms and farmers—especially those farms and farmers that do not fit the mold of large-scale industrial agriculture headed by white males.
The first report analyzes political economic and socio-political aspects of U.S. agricultural policy and is supported with field work conducted with community partners in Iowa, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.
Topics covered: trade, farm safety net programs (crop insurance and others), race in agriculture and black land loss, the U.S. rural crisis, food sovereignty
The second report analyzes the Farm Bill's conservation and sustainable agriculture programs and uses original research from Oklahoma as case study to exemplify how the legacy of discrimination against certain groups of farmers not only makes those farmers more vulnerable to environmental risks, but also has ecological consequences that are relevant to all of rural Oklahoma.
Topics covered: climate change and agriculture, race in agriculture, agroecology
2016 Practicum team
2015 Practicum team
Anna Claire Eddington, International Training and Education MA '15
Leah Germer, Global Environmental Policy MA '15
Jessie Krafft, International Development MA '15
Juan Osuna, Comparative and Regional Studies MA '15
Stephen Tolpinrud, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development MA '15
2014 Practicum Team
2013 Practicum Team
Community based research scholars
The Community Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is a first-year living-learning community for selected undergraduate first-years at American University, emphasizing responsible and meaningful service learning through community-based research opportunities. CBR Scholars work with a network of students, faculty, and community partners to help identify avenues to affect social change.
In spring of 2018, the CBRS class teamed up with DC Hunger Solutions, an organization that fights hunger and improves the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income District residents, to frame the problem of hunger with data. They completed research on different areas regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program( SNAP).
Find the deliverables from the CBRS 2018 cohort here.