Elizabeth Fitting

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Fitting

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
  • Migration
  • Political Economy
  • Biotechnology
  • Gender
  • Latin America
  • Canada

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 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, and 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. Additional information about these current projects can be found the NS Migration Research Forum. The Forum is an interdisciplinary network of academic and community researchers focused on migration and mobility in Nova Scotia.

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 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