Bradley M. Jones is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. His Wenner-Gren and National Science Foundation funded research explores alternative agriculture, Anthropocene landscapes, human/environmental relations, and neo-agrarianism in the United States, with a particular interest in young and beginning farmers. Focusing on Appalachia and the Hudson Valley of New York, Brad’s dissertation project examines the cultivation of institutions and infrastructures to support alternative food production: land trusts, community-supported agriculture, open-source technological innovation and seed breeding, and in particular peer-to-peer knowledge networks.
Working broadly at the intersection of cultural anthropology, environmental humanities, political ecology, feminist STS, and food studies, his research has appeared in: Environmental Humanities (2019); Food, Culture, and Society (2017); CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Culture (2015); and Gastronomica (forthcoming). Other scholarly contributions (reviews, blog posts, etc.) are featured in: Anthropological Theory; Social Anthropology; Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture; Culture and Agriculture; and the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, among others.
Brad is the student representative for the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA, the founding editor of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, and past president of the Graduate Association for Food Studies. He organized the “Future of Food Studies” graduate conference at Washington University in October ’17, which brought together over 50 graduate scholars representing 31 different universities, 14 states, and 9 countries. He co-coordinates the Agri-Food Workshop series on campus.
Brad has significant previous field research experience with U.S. farmers and artisan food producers that focused on the development of alternative food systems and contributed to a master’s degree from Boston University, a national paper prize from the Association for the Study of Food and Society, and the publication of dozens of short ethnographic films on food and artisanship in America.