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Andrew Flachs, Dr.


Andrew Flachs, Dr.


Über Andrew Flachs

Dr. Andrew Flachs researches sustainable development and alternative agriculture from genetically modified crops to heirloom seeds.  He earned his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in April 2016 and is currently a Volkswagen Exchange Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Heidelberg University Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, where he is working with Dr. Daniel Münster and the Junior Research Group C15 "Agrarian Alternatives".  His work among farmers in North America and South India investigates ecological knowledge and technological change in agricultural systems spanning Cleveland urban gardens and Indian GM cotton fields.  Andrew's research has been supported by the Department of Education, the Library of Congress, Washington University, the National Geographic Society, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the John Templeton Foundation (Glenn Stone PI), and the Volkswagen Foundation, while his writing on agricultural development has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed publications, the Global Health Hub, and the National Geographic magazine.  Andrew's work has been recognized by five national awards, including most recently the Political Ecology Society's Eric Wolf Prize and the American Anthropological Association's Robert M. Netting award for research in agriculture.  

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Field experience in South India and the United States.  Research spanning the anthropology of agriculture, ethnobotany, the anthropology of knowledge, and political ecology.  Specific foci of interest include: mixed-methods approaches to qualitative social science; conventional/industrial agriculture; alternative farming systems including organic agriculture; food studies; indigenous knowledge and ethnobiology; the anthropology of capitalism and household decision-making; natureculutre; the intersections of knowledge, politics, and environment in sustainable development. Training in ethnobotanical field methods, GIS analysis, survey design, and quantitative data analysis, in addition to ethnographic field methods.   Associate editor for the Journal of Ethnobiology.


  • Six first author peer-reviewed publications and dozens of conference presentations
  • Over $125,000 in funding for three projects
  • Five international prizes for research papers from anthropological organizations
  • Strong student evaluations from introductory and advanced undergraduate teaching as instructor