PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
- Economy, work and development
- Food and food movements
- Political Economy
- Latin America
- Environment, Sustainability and Society
- Gender and Women's Studies
- International Development Studies
- BA, University of Toronto
- MA, PhD, New School for Social Research
Elizabeth Fitting is an anthropologist who researches the political economy of food and agrarian livelihoods in relation to rural migration in the Americas.
Liz’s research has resulted in the publication of an ethnography, The Struggle for Maize, which connects the debates about GM corn and food sovereignty in the NAFTA era to the everyday livelihood practices of maize farmers, migrants, and maquiladora workers from the Tehuacán Valley, Mexico. The book was translated into Japanese. Liz has also researched some of the ways activist networks in Mexico and Colombia challenge trade and agricultural policy, seed regulations, and the commodification of seed. Liz explores the culture and political economy of food in connection to (neo) colonial histories, gendered and racialized labour under neoliberal capitalism, the environment and resource extraction, as well as transnational migration and social reproduction.
Dr. Fitting is the Principal Investigator on a new project examining the social reproduction of Jamaican and Mexican seasonal agricultural workers in Nova Scotia funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024); and a Co-Investigator on a research project exploring the global political economy of Nova Scotia’s local food movement, with Dr. Catherine Bryan and Dr. Karen Foster, and in collaboration with, and funded by, the Mobile Lives Forum.
Liz has taught courses on the anthropology of food and food activism, migration and identity, culture and environment, globalization, social theory, and gender and sexuality. 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.
- Fitting, Elizabeth, Laura Gutiérrez Escobar, and Tamara Wattnem, Forthcoming 2021. “Contesting seed standards: The Red de Semillas Libres in Colombia” in Graham, J.E., Holmes, C.P., McDonald, F., and Darnell, R. (eds). 2021. The Social Life of Standards. UBC Press.
- 2018. "Genetically Modified Crops and the Remaking of Latin America’s Food Landscape” in eds. Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco, Food and Place: A Critical Exploration. Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 52-66.
- Gutiérrez Escobar, L., and Fitting, E. 2016 The Red de Semillas Libres: Contesting Biohegemony in Colombia. Journal of Agrarian Change, doi: 10.1111/joac.12161.
- 2016 “From working the farm to fast food and back again: Rural Mexicans in the Neoliberal Food System” in eds. Meredith Abarca and Consuelo Salas, Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry: Changing How We Think about Food University of Arkansas Press. Pp. 77-100.
- 2014 “Cultures of Corn and anti-GM activism in Mexico and Colombia” in (eds) Carole Counihan and Valeria Siniscalchi, Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy. Berg.
- 2012 Japanese translation of The Struggle for Maize, with new preface. Translator: Minoru Satomi. Nobunkyo, Rural Culture Association.
- 2011 The Struggle for Maize: Campesinos, Workers, and Transgenic Corn in the Mexican Countryside, Duke University Press.
- 2007 “‘Más sangre que agua’: Reclamos al estado en el Valle de Tehuacán” [‘More blood than water’: Claims on the State in the southern Tehuacan Valley] in (ed) Francisco Gómez Carpentiero, Paisajes Mexicanos de la Reforma Agraria: Homenaje a William Roseberry. Colegio de Michoacán.