Elizabeth Fitting

Associate Professor


Related information

Email: elizabeth.fitting@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6346
Mailing Address: 
Room 3116, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Economy, work and development
  • Food and food movements
  • GMOs
  • Labour
  • Transnationalism
  • Migration
  • Development
  • Latin America

Cross appointments

  • Environment, Sustainability and Society
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • International Development Studies


  • BA, University of Toronto
  • MA, PhD, New School for Social Research

Research interests

Elizabeth Fitting is an anthropologist who researches the culture and political economy of food and agrarian livelihoods in relation to rural migration and displacement in the Americas.  Her ethnography The Struggle for Maize looks at contested notions of agricultural efficiency, risk and culture in the Mexican debates about genetically engineered corn imports under NAFTA. The book also explores the effects of such imports and policy on a community of indigenous migrants and maize farmers, and the ways neoliberalism is constituted and experienced through gender, race, class and generational differences.  Dr. Fitting has also researched seed regulations and activism in Mexico and Colombia as well as post-revolutionary irrigation management in the Tehuacán Valley, Mexico, where rural subjectivities were remade through violent conflict and demands on the state for water rights.  She has started two new research projects: one on the social reproduction of Jamaican and Mexican agricultural workers, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024), and another on the global political economy of Nova Scotia’s local food movement, with Dr. Catherine Bryan and Dr. Karen Foster, and in collaboration with the Mobile Lives Forum.

Liz’s ongoing research and teaching interests focus on: Food justice; Transnational migration; GMOs and biotechnology in agriculture; Seed activism and regulation; Agrarian livelihoods and development; Culture and political economy; Commodity studies and globalization.

She is an Advisory Board member for Antípoda: Journal of Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, an International Advisory Board member for the Journal of Peasant Studies and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab.

Selected publications