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Dr. Mickie Swisher

Professor
Sustainable Agriculture

Dr. Swisher serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable & Organic Food Systems. Her research focuses on the inequality in contemporary communities in the United States and internationally, with a focus on inequalities in the food production, marketing and access systems. Much of her research is multi-disciplinary with colleagues in the agricultural and life sciences. Additional research interests include the use of participatory research methods to improve the reliability and validity of research results, particularly research with disenfranchised populations and groups, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is an associate editor for the Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, a Cambridge University Press journal. Dr. Swisher serves as the state co-coordinator (with Dr. Cassell Gardner at Florida A&M University) for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program in Florida. She collaborates extensively with faculty members from several colleges and departments at the University of Florida and other universities. She also collaborates closely with farmers, farmer organizations, non-profit organizations, and community-based organizations to conduct research, teaching and extension programs in sustainable agriculture and food system development.

She serves on graduate supervisory committees in a number of colleges and departments and currently chairs or co-chairs four doctoral committees and four M.S. supervisory committees and serves on an additional 22 doctoral and two M.S. committees. Dr. Swisher teaches five graduate courses, two in research design and methods and two in the theory of community structure and development. Her international experience includes extended periods in Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Cameroon. She served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), an international consortium of over 60 universities and research institutions that offers undergraduate and graduate research and educational experiences in Central & South America and South Africa. She served as the Coordinator of the Center for Rural Development for Zamorano University in Honduras, an internationally recognized private agricultural educational institution. She is currently co-PI of a rural development project in Haiti funded by the United States Agency for International Development. 

She also has an Extension appointment. Dr. Swisher serves as the state co-coordinator (with Dr. Cassell Gardner at Florida A&M University) for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program in Florida. In addition, she is the director of the Center for Sustainable and Organic Food Systems. She collaborates extensively with faculty members from several colleges and departments at the University of Florida and other universities in both of these positions. She also collaborates closely with farmers, farmer organizations, non-profit organizations, and community-based organizations to conduct research, teaching and extension programs in sustainable agriculture and food system development.