Matthew Abel

Graduate Student of Sociocultural Anthropology

Research Interests

My research centers around how food and agriculture policies in Brazil are situated within global systems of production and unequal exchange. I am interested in how farmers, social movement organizers, and policy practitioners actively appropriate state programs and institutional structures in ways that are conjoined to meaningful patterns of cultural production. Alongside previous ethnographic work with North American alternative agrifood activists, my dissertation project constitutes part of a broader interest in the way local forms of social organization articulate with state and non-state institutions to constrain and enable possibilities for collective action.


Samuel Hughes Scholarship, Washington University
Beinecke Fellowship, Sperry Fund

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  • Washington University
  • CB 1114
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis MO 63130
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