Fiona Gladstone

Ph.D Candidate, minor in Global Change

I am a human-environment geographer and PhD candidate currently researching food system change in Mexico. Based on participatory research with youth in rural Oaxaca, my dissertation analyzes national government food assistance policy during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto (2013-2018) and how it has been received in two rural Oaxacan communities in the context of broader shifts in local food systems and community health. My dissertation committee members are Diana Liverman (chair), Sallie Marston, Elizabeth Oglesby, Jeff Banister and Hallie Eakin (ASU). 

I have been interested in Mexico's indigenous food traditions for many years. In my MA thesis, I used a 1973 baseline study of maize cultivation practices in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca to document changes in land and water resources for agriculture and explore drivers of continued investment in local maize. For six years before coming to the University of Arizona, I worked in immigration and criminal legal defense in Portland, Oregon, where I developed abiding interests in rural Mexico. I have also worked on a retrospective project that examines the environmental impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. I work towards alternative models of higher education as an instructor and board member of the Xhidza People's University Center (Centro Universitario del Pueblo Xhidza) in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Recent publications:

Gladstone, Fiona, Diana Liverman, Roberto Sanchez and Eduardo Morales Santos. 2021. NAFTA and environment after 25 years: A retrospective analysis of the US-Mexican border. Environmental Science & Policy 119: 18-33.

Gladstone, Fiona. 2020. Sharecroppers, Dry Wells, and a Taste for Tlayudas: A longitudinal study of rain-fed maize persistence in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Journal of Latin American Geography 19(2):143-169. doi:10.1353/lag.2020.0027

Denham, Diana and Fiona Gladstone. 2020. Making sense of food system transformation in Mexico. Geoforum 115: 67-80.


Courses taught:

Food Justice, Ethics and Activism (FOOD 300) - live online format

Introduction to Critical Food Studies (FOOD 101)

Geography of Latin America (GEOG 300U)