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Contact Info:
Environmental Studies Program
Tufts University
Barnum Hall, Room 201
163 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Email: kevin.cody@tufts.edu

Dr. Kevin Cody


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • B.A. Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA


  • ENV 195: Global Alternative Food Networks
  • ENV 190: Practicing in Food Systems

Research interests

Sustainable food system education is at the core of my applied and academic work. In the academic context, agrarian political economy and the sociology of food and agriculture are the fields that guide my research and teaching in alternative food networks, sustainable development, and experiential education. My applied research focused on beginning farmers carries over into the non-profit arena where I work on improving the sustainability of regional food systems and the farmers on which these systems depend.

Engagement Opportunities

Working with students on research and community engaged projects to build more sustainable food systems is central to my work as a Professor of Practice, and as the Farmer Training Program Manager with New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Students I work with have examined national trends among beginning farmers using USDA census data, conducted evaluations of New Entry training programs, and supported our work in the field teaching sustainable agriculture and food systems. Ongoing projects focus on market access for small-scale farms, program evaluation, and on-farm training and education in organic horticulture and sustainable food system.

Positions Held

  • 2020-present Hoch Cunningham Professor of the Practice in Food Systems
  • 2019-present Farmer Training Program Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
  • 2018 Executive Director, Northern Colorado Food Cluster
  • 2015-2018 Faculty Instructor, University of Northern Colorado, Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Selected Publications

Cody, K. 2018. Community gardens and the making of organic subjects: A case study from the Peruvian Andes. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-12.

Cody, K. 2016. Organic farming and international exchange: Participant perceptions of North-South transferability. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 1-13

Cody, K. 2015. "La misma realidad de cada lugar es diferente" ("The same reality of each place is different"): A case study of an organic farmer's market in Lima, Peru. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(3), 53-69.