Colleen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. Her current research broadly considers questions of social justice in urban food systems and currently proceeds along three fronts.
One project, Digging for justice in urban gardens across the Americas, focuses on the contestations of urban agriculture in the sustainable neoliberal city. In partnership with community organizations in several cities across the Americas (Rosario, Argentina; Toronto, Canada; Medellín, Colombia; and Charlotte, NC) she studies urban migrant women’s methods for growing food in the city, how these practices are influenced by ecological gentrification driven by sustainability planning, and the ways migrant identity is shaped by rhetoric about their knowledge.
A second project is concerned with Latinx foodways in North America. Food spaces constructed by Latinx immigrants are made visible as restaurants, grocery stores, food trucks, and other venues in the many North American cities Latinx immigrants have come to call home. Newcomers increasingly use food as a means of combating anti-immigrant sentiment and educating those around them of who they are and the cultures they bring with them. But they are also increasingly facing displacement as traditional immigrant enclaves experience neighborhood change. This research investigates such foodway construction and its displacement to better understand the evolution of immigrant place-making over space and time.
Finally, a new project explores ways in which immigrant communities use food practices to animate public spaces and struggle to participate in the work of making cities.
GEOG 3205 – Internal Structure of the City
GEOG 6210/8210 – The Restructuring City
GEOG 4000/5000 – Food and Social Justice in the City
GEOG 6000/8000 – Qualitative Methods
Hammelman, C. (2018) Investigating connectivity in the urban food landscapes of migrant women facing food insecurity in Washington, DC. Health & Place. 50, 89-97.
Levkoe, C., Hammelman, C., Craven, L., Dandy, G., Farbman, J., and Harrison, J. (2018) Building sustainable communities through food hubs: Practitioner and academic perspectives. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 8(2): 1-16.
Isaac, M., Isakson, S., Dale, B., Levkoe, C., Hargreaves, S., Méndez, V., Wittman, H., Hammelman, C., Langill, J., Martin, A. & Nelson, E. (2018). Agroecology in Canada: Towards an Integration of Agroecological Practice, Movement, and Science. Sustainability, 10(9), 3299.
Hammelman, C. (2017) Urban migrant women’s everyday food insecurity coping strategies foster alternative urban imaginaries of a more democratic food system. Urban Geography. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2017.1382309
Hammelman, C. (2017) Relying on urban gardens within the building of a modern city. In: A. WinklerPrins (ed), Global Urban Agriculture: Convergence of Theory and Practice. CABI International
Hammelman, C. and Hayes-Conroy, A. (2015) Understanding cultural acceptability for urban food policy. Journal of Planning Literature. 30:1, 37-48.
PhD, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University
MA, International Affairs, American University
BA, Political Science and Technical Journalism, Colorado State University