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Importing the Right to Food – Rural Transformations in the US Visual Seminar Series

Register for the May 31, 2024 Rural Transformations in the United States visual seminar “Importing the Right to Food,” featuring Smita Narula from Pace Law School and Joshua Lohnes from West Virginia University.

Some of the most promising advances in sustainable and equitable development are unfolding in rural settings. Here, a diverse group of stakeholders are reshaping food systems, leveraging local knowledge, bolstering climate resilience, and enhancing community participation in the developmental journey. The Duke World Food Policy Center is proud to co-sponsor the Rural Transformations in the United States visual seminar series, hosted by the Center on Modernity in Transition (COMIT).

Importing the Right to Food



  • Smita Narula is Haub Distinguished Professor of International Law at Pace Law School. From 2008-2014 she served as legal advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
  • Joshua Lohnes is Research Assistant Professor of Geography at West Virginia University. He directs the work of the Food Justice Lab at the Center for Resilient Communities.


  • Kerilyn Schewel is a Board Member of COMIT. She is co-director of the Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration and Lecturing Fellow in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research examines the relationship between migration and development, with a current focus on immobility, rural livelihoods, and climate change. Her book, Moved by Modernity: How Development Shapes Migration in Rural Ethiopia, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press
  • Lee Miller is a Senior Research Fellow at COMIT. He is a Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School, where he teaches on agricultural and environmental law. Miller also has amassed expertise in environmental advocacy, policy innovation, and coalition-building in U.S. food and farm movements. At the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, Miller coordinated a multi-law school farm bill research project promoting agricultural sustainability and justice.