• Alexander M. Liebman
  • Alexander M. Liebman
  • Research Interests: agrarian studies, race and ethnicity, marxisms, Latin American studies (spec. Colombia), feminist science and technology studies, Black studies, de- and anti-colonial thought
  • Advisor: Kevon Rhiney
  • Degree: Ph.D.


I am a PhD candidate working with youth and women’s campesino movements in norte del Cauca, Colombia where I study how illicit economies, intergenerational political struggle, rural-urban interfaces and everyday and undercommons care and sociality are articulated with dynamics of State repression, territorial conflict, and sugarcane plantation agriculture in the region. I approach questions of race, ethnicity, territory, and technology from a range of heterodox traditions including media theory, Marxist thought, Black studies, feminist science and technology studies, and de- and anti-colonial philosophy.

I have also written on topics regarding Black studies and sound geographies, capitalism and infectious disease, and U.S. agricultural history.

I love to think and write collaboratively, so please get in touch if you might be interested in working together!

Please send me an e-mail for copies of any articles.

Previous Degrees:

  • M.S., Agroecology/Agronomy, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Macalester College


Liebman, A., L. Katz, A. Marston. 2023. Aporias at the Intersection of Geography and Feminist STS: Critical Engagements with Black Study. Progress in Human Geography. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/03091325221149721 

Liebman, A. 2021. “Nothing to practice”: Julius Eastman, queer composition, and Black sonic geographies. cultural geographies https://doi.org/10.1177/14744740211059443 

Liebman, A. and J. Gagliano. 2021. Wither the coloniality of the forest transition? Ambio https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01558-2 

Wallace, R., K. Okamoto, A. Liebman. 2021. “Gated Epidemiologies”. Book chapter in Between Catastrophe and Redemption: Essays in Honor of Mike Davis, UR Books: New York.

Liebman, A. et al. 2021. “Can agroecology stop COVID-21, -22, and -23?” in Moving Beyond Capitalist Agriculture, Pandemic Research for the People. Daraja Press. ISBN: 9781988832975 

Liebman, A., K. Rhiney, R. Wallace. 2020. To Die A Thousand Deaths: COVID-19, Racial Capitalism, and anti-Black Violence. Human Geography. DOI: 10. 1177/ 1942 7786 20962038

Wallace, R., A. Liebman, L.F. Chaves, R. Wallace. 2020. COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital. Monthly Review. https://monthlyreview.org/2020/04/01/covid-19-and-circuits-of-capital/

Liebman, A. and R.G. Wallace. 2020. "A factory farm fungus among us?" in Feral Atlas, edited by A Tsing, J Deger, A Keleman, F Zhou et al. Stanford University Press. ISBN: 9781503615045 https://feralatlas.supdigital.org/poster/a-factory-farm-fungus-among-us

Montenegro de Wit, M. A. Roman-Alcala, A. Liebman, S. Chrisman. 2019. "The agrarian origins of authoritarian populism in the United States: What can we learn from 20th century struggles in California and the Midwest?" Journal of Rural Studies. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.12.003

Cadieux, V., S. Carpenter, A. Liebman, R. Blumberg, B. Upadhyay. Reparation Ecologies: Regimes of Repair in Populist Agroecology. 2019. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Special Issue: Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1527680

Liebman, A. J. Vergara-Castro, J. Rowlands, S. Rodriguez, S. Engel-Di Mauro, A. Barros. 2019. "Applying critical physical geographies: Territorial and water defense in northern Chile." Society and Space: Critical Geographies in Action. https://www.societyandspace.org/articles/applying-critical-physical-geographies-territorial-and-water-defense-in-northern-chile


Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) research grant, 2023

Institute for Research on Women, Research seminar fellow, 2023-2024 

Digital Humanities Seed Grant, Rutgers University, 2022-2023

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2022-2023

            Project title: Programmed Landscapes: The Production of Digital Nature in the Valle del Cauca

Hagley Museum, Exploratory Research Grant, 2021

            Project title: “Algoecological farming”: Prehistories of agriculture’s digital turn

MaGrann Summer Research Award, Geography Department, Rutgers University, 2021

Rutgers Presidential Fellowship, 2019-2024