Aimee Swenson Buckley, PhD
Department of Community Sustainability
CSUS - Food animals and society; community food systems; meat value chains
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hodbod
Aimee is pursuing her PhD in the Department of Community Sustainability. She is a C.S. Mott PreDoctoral Fellow in Sustainable Agriculture, and works at the intersections of human-animal relationships in livestock production. Her dissertation interest examines the cultural space sheep producers function within, and how this informs, influences, and intersects the lamb value chain in Michigan.
She is completing the Ecological Food and Farming, Social Science and Humanities Perspectives in Animal Studies, Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change, and Digital Humanities specializations.
Aimee comes to the department with a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies (Geography & Agricultural History), and a Graduate Gender Certificate from Arizona State, where her work focused on the governmentally ordered livestock seizures on Navajo reservations as a tool to reclaim land for corporate mineral extraction. She also has an MFA in Intermedia from Arizona State, is an internationally exhibiting artist and works creatively through performance, social practice, and community engagement - often as a tool for research dissemination. She has an undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College in Geography and Environmental Science with a focus on water resource management. Aimee has worked in both the public and private sectors, and both scientifically and creatively, but her passion is in community facilitation, engagement, and empowerment. She currently teaches Environmental Planning and Management, and Gender Studies courses on campus, and facilitates a wide range of community learning opportunities regarding animal husbandry, meat production, food access, land management, and standards implementation.