Lisa Powell

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Agriculture
Director of the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability

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B.A. | Mathematics, Harvard University
M.S. | Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
M.A. | American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. | American Studies and Sustainability, University of Texas at Austin

Lisa Powell will join the Sweet Briar College faculty in January 2020.  She has spent the last several years working in British Columbia, Canada, on research focused on strengthening regional food systems, agricultural land use policy and planning, adoption of new technologies in the agri-food sector, diversification of fruit and vegetable production and food literacy education.  Her work has appeared in academic journals focused on agriculture, food, rural development, environment and family and consumer sciences.  She served as coordinator of Think&EatGreen@School, a university program supporting food literacy education and access to healthy and sustainable food for K-12 students, and she has mentored over 20 undergraduate students in a food systems career development internship program. Prof. Powell has an active role in the management of her family’s farming operation in Kentucky, focused on grain production and soil and water conservation.


If you are a current student interested in becoming an intern at the Center, please contact the director.