Kacy McKinney – Bio

Kacy McKinney, PhD

Kacy McKinney, Marylhurst UniversityAssistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts


Ph.D., Human Geography, University of Washington, Seattle
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
B.A., Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin


Dr. McKinney is an interdisciplinary feminist educator and scholar trained in critical human geography, and she is also a visual artists. Her interests range from the uses of comics and graphic novels in social science research and teaching in the liberal arts, to the politics of genetically modified organisms, and the study of child labor in agriculture. Her research has been based in India and Brazil. Most recently, she was awarded a Fulbright to teach a graduate course at a leading Brazilian University. She is committed to social justice, and to inclusiveness in higher education.

Courses Taught

Middlebury College: Department of Geography (Also: International and Global Studies; Environmental Studies; South Asian Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies)

Senior Seminar: Feminist Geographies (2015)

First Year Seminar: Global Youth (Fall 2014)

Global Geographies of Labor and Youth (Senior Seminar Spring 2014)

Geographies of South Asia: Youth (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

Space and Place in the Graphic Novel (Winter 2014)

Political Ecology (Spring 2013, Spring 2015)

Food Geographies (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

International Development and Environmental Change (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015)

Seattle University, Liberal Studies

World Hunger and Agricultural Development for Teachers (2011)

University of Washington, Department of Geography

Work, Gender and Environment (Fall 2011, Summer 2012)

Political Economy of Indian Development (Fall 2011, Summer 2012)

The Making of World Regions (2010-11 Fall, Winter, Spring)

World Hunger and Agricultural Development (Summer 2010)

Geographies of International Development and Environmental Change (Winter 2010)

Qualitative Methodologies (Upper division, Fall 2009)

Culture and Politics of Food and Eating (Summer 2009)

Selected Publications

*Forthcoming 2017. McKinney, K. “Writing/drawing experiences of silence and intimacy in fieldwork relationships” In: Pamela Moss and Courtney Donovan (eds.) Writing Intimacy into Feminist Geography. London: Routledge.

2015. McKinney, K. Situating corporate framings of child labor: Towards grounded geographies of children in globalized agriculture. Geoforum, 59: 219-227.

2014. McKinney, K. Hybrid cottonseed production is “children’s work”: Making sense of migration and wage labor in India. ACME: International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 13(2): 402-423.

2013. McKinney, K. Troubling notions of farmer choice: Hybrid Bt cottonseed production in Western India. Journal of Peasant Studies 40(2): 351-378.

2012. McKinney, K. and M. Orzolek. Medusa. She Was Solitary: New Orleans. (Not refereed)

Publications In Preparation

*McKinney, K. “‘You cannot avoid all of this past, present and future when it’s everywhere around you’ Reflecting Relational Thinking in Field Study Experiences” In: Owens et al (eds) Learning Out There: Critical Approaches to Study Abroad and Field Study. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

McKinney, K. Graphic Novels, Spatial Theory, Critical Pedagogy (In preparation for the journal Antipode)

McKinney, K. Seeding Whose Future? A Graphic Ethnography (Book manuscript based on dissertation)

McKinney, K. and M. Orzolek. Waste is Matter Out of Place. (Book manuscript)

Recent Invited Lectures and Conference Participation

2015 Panelist. An Age of Unnatural Disasters Interdisciplinary Conference, Amherst College, Alliance for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges

2015 Panelist. Challenges and Potential for International Study Programs Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago

2014 Paper Session. Child labor & Poverty Action Relational Poverty Network Conference, University of Washington, Seattle

2014 Paper Session, Co-Chair/Organizer. Geographies of Graphic Novels/Comics Association of American Geographers Conference, Tampa

2013 Invited Speaker. Politics of Genetically Modified Organisms, Elderly College, Middlebury

2013 Invited Speaker. Food Safety: GMOs to germs, Middlebury Food Works Program

2013 Paper Session. The benefits of obscure connections: Monsanto and child labor in India. Association of American Geographers Conferece, Los Angeles

2012 Invited Speaker. Crafting Meaningful Stories GlobeMed Conference, Middlebury

2012 Invited Speaker. Sequential Art and Ethnographic Field Notes, Department of Anthropology, UVM

2012 Paper Award Finalist. Ageing the gendered division of labor: Comparing engagements in commodity production Nystrom Competition, Association of American Geographers

2011 Paper Session. ‘Dudi bandhna is children’s work’: the shifting political ecology of young people’s labor and environments in India, Association of American Geographers, Seattle

2011 Paper Session. The limited freedoms of unfree labor: Comparing children’s agricultural labor and factory work in EPZs Asian Studies Association Meeting, Honolulu

2010 Paper Session. Cultivating Inequality? Agrarian Change and child labor migration in India. New Voices in Rural Geography, Association of American Geographers, DC