Sallie Marston

About Sallie Marston

My work is located at the intersection of socio-spatial theory and politics. I am particularly interested in how space, or sites, are bound up in and shape the production of subjectivities, bodies, practices and discourses. At the empirical level I focus on everyday life and the seemingly mundane practices that constitute it. My most recent research projects focus on art-science collaborations and how they unfold in the lab or the studio and what effects they have on the participants who constitute them and the ways they go about their work.  I am also examining how experiential curriculum—linking classroom learning to school gardens and their wider ecologies—shapes the subjectivities of low-income children and teaching staff. This research seeks to explore a level of being where the collaborative focus of experiential education shapes a subjectivity able to meet the ethical demands of a world of “others”. 



Areas of Study

United States




The University of Arizona Community and School Garden Program

The Community and School Garden Program (CSGP) connects children in low-income schools in Tucson with our over 4,000 year agricultural legacy by planting and maintaining gardens in these schools. Using the garden as a dynamic educational tool, we cultivate community, connect students to their local food system and food history, and use the gardens as learning labs, thereby nourishing not only the body but also the mind.

Begun in 2009, the CSGP currently supports gardens in 19 schools and 3 community gardens.  The gardens and related programs are placement sites for motivated UA students who participate in an internship-based course known as the Community and School Garden Workshop (CSGW).  Undergraduate and graduate students are tained in the basics of sustainable agriculture and then put their knowledge and skills to work in underserved Tucson neighborhoods.  The interns engage youth in hands-on learning, design garden sites, and facilitate learning activities. 

The CSGP team includes Moses Thompson, Morgan Apicella, Michelle Coe, Becky Patterson-Markowitz, Sophia Borgias, and Meg Mills-Novoa.  The CSGP is funded in part by the Colleges of SBS and Science and the UA Graduate College and the School of Geography and Development as well as numerous foundations and donors including the Stranahan Foundation, the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation, and the Zuckerman Family Foundation.

Research Interests

Social Theory, Political and Cultural Geography, Critical Methodology


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Contact Information

Sallie Marston
Professor (tenure-track) and Director, UA Community and School Garden Program
Telephone: 520-621-3903
Fax: 520-621-3903
Office: ENR2 S431


Ph.D.  Geography, University of Colorado, May 1986

M.A.    Geography, University of Colorado, August 1982

A.B.     Geography and Psychology, Clark University, December, 1974

Courses Taught

Geog 210  Political and Cultural Geography of Globalization

Geog 340H  Cultural Geography: "The Wire"

Geog 407/507  The American Landscape

Geog 497F/597F  Community and School Garden Workshop

Geog 696H  Political Geography

Geog 696C  Cultural Geography

Geog 658     Critical Methodological Practice