Graduate Students

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  • Alexander M. Liebman
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  • Research Interests: political ecology, data science, agrarian studies, race, financialization of land
  • Advisor: Kevon Rhiney
  • Degree: Ph.D.







My dissertation explores how (agricultural) data science reproduces particular forms of standardization and homogeneity that constitute racialized and exclusionary forms of international development and environmental management across the global South, focusing on the digitalization of agriculture in the Valle del Cauca of southwest Colombia. I approach questions of the "digital" and the "ecological" from a range of heterodox traditions including media theory, Marxist thought, Black studies, and feminist science and technology studies.

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!

Previous Degrees:

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


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.

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

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.

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.


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


2021 cohort names

2021 Cohort of Rutgers Geography Graduate Students